Everyone should be able to face each day with healthy, clear vision that allows them to fully participate in work, school, and social activities. The Eye Care Center of Kauai, in Lihue, Hawaii, is a family-centered practice offering comprehensive eye services to patients of all ages. Please schedule an appointment for an eye examination if you, your children, or any of your loved ones have vision problems. The doctors at the Eye Care Center of Kauai can correct the problem with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.

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When should children get vision screening?

All newborn babies should have their eyes checked before they’re discharged from the hospital. The next vision screening should occur at 6 months, then around age 1-2, again at age 3-4 years, and when your child enters school. After that, vision screenings should be done every 1-2 years, or any time a problem is suspected, up until the age of 18 years.

When should adults get their vision checked?

While there are a few guidelines for adult vision screenings, your doctor at the Eye Care Center of Kauai will recommend how frequently you should get an eye exam based on the results of a baseline screening.

Baseline exam at age 40
All adults should get a baseline eye exam at age 40, even if they don’t have any eye problems. With this exam, potential problems like glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration can be caught early.

Before age 40
People with any health condition that increases their risk for eye and vision problems should get an eye exam before age 40. Common risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, and a family history of eye disease.

Age 65 and over
Everyone over the age of 65 should get an eye exam every 1-2 years.

What are the most common vision problems corrected with glasses or contact lenses?

The most common problems with vision, refractive errors, occur when the shape of the eye prevents light from focusing directly on the retina. These conditions include:

  • Nearsightedness: Objects up close are clear and those far away are blurry
  • Farsightedness: Distant objects are clear and those nearby are blurry
  • Astigmatism: Light isn’t focused evenly onto the retina
  • Presbyopia: Hard to focus on close objects

What types of glasses and contact lenses are available at Eye Care Center of Kauai?

At the Eye Care Center of Kauai, all types of glasses and contact lenses are available and the doctors work with you to choose the option that’s best for correcting your vision problem, while also fitting your lifestyle.

The types of glasses available include reading glasses, single vision lens to correct distance vision, and multifocal lenses (bifocal and trifocal for reading and distance vision). The doctors at the Eye Care Center of Kauai also offer progressive lenses, which work like bifocals or trifocals, but without visible dividing lines.

Contact lenses can be used to correct all of the same vision problems as glasses. Specialty contact lenses are recommended for patients with irregular corneas. Specialty lenses also correct vision while also treating other eye conditions.