The Purpose of an Eye Exam
An eye exam is a comprehensive evaluation of the health and functioning of your eyes. During the exam, an optometrist or ophthalmologist will assess how well you see by measuring how far away from you they can be when you can still make out their words, as well as check for any signs of potential problems with your eyesight. They may also use a variety of tests and tools to evaluate the health of each eye separately and both eyes together.
What to expect at an eye exam
Detecting Changes in Vision
Digital Retinal Imaging for Detecting other Health Problems
This is a very important test that determines the health of the back of the eye. This is achieved by taking an image of the entire retina and the optic nerve. Through this test we’re able to determine various eye diseases such as Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic retinopathy, ocular melanoma, tumors, and even hypertension. Getting a digital image yearly will help compare them to future images and keep tabs on any changes in your eye.
Prescribing Corrective Lenses
Vision Screenings vs. Eye Exams
Comprehensive Eye Exams
Early detection is key
Suffering from dry eyes?
If you’re feeling your eyes gritty, they’re red, painful, burning or even watering, you may be experiencing dry eye disease. This is one of the most common complaints eye doctors hear in their offices, dry eyes are also commonly mentioned in General Practice as well. Finding out what is causing dry eyes is key to managing symptoms. Some Optometrists offices are dry eye experts and have all the testing equipment and treatment options available to get to the bottom of what’s causing your discomfort.
Choosing the right doctor
An Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who can practice medicine and can perform surgery in addition to performing eye exams and prescribing glasses and contact lenses. An optometrist is a licensed professional, not a medical doctor.
They mostly perform eye exams and vision tests and prescribe glasses and contact lenses. Optometrists are just as capable as Ophthalmologists to detect eye diseases and may prescribe needed medications for certain eye diseases. You can visit either one for an eye exam, but if you have any eye diseases that may require more in-depth treatment such as surgery, a visit to an Ophthalmologist may be more appropriate. A routine annual eye exam can be done with an Optometrist.
How to prepare for your eye exam
- Your vision insurance information
- A list of all medications you’re currently taking
- Your family medical history
- Any symptoms you’re feeling relating to your eyes
- Any questions you would like to ask your doctor
Regular eye exams are essential for maintaining good vision and overall health for both adults and children alike. Whether you’re experiencing blurry vision or need a routine checkup, seeing an optometrist or ophthalmologist should always be high up on your priority list! Eye examinations provide insight into potential issues that could otherwise go unnoticed until it’s too late to treat them successfully—so don’t wait; schedule an appointment today!
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