Yearly comprehensive eye exams are essential to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious signs or symptoms. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early, our optometrists are able to provide treatment options and, in many cases, restore or prevent vision loss. The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
During an eye exam, the doctor will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications you are currently taking, your overall health, and your work environment. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. The doctors will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
An eye exam consists of two parts: the first part is the vision portion in which your glasses prescription will be acquired, and the second part is the ocular health portion in which your eye health will be evaluated and assessed. You may be dilated to fully evaluate the retinal health, but some patients may qualify to perform the Optos Retinal Image scan instead. The dilation relaxes your pupils, allowing a full view of the back health of your eyes, but results in light sensitivity and blurred vision up-close for on average 3-6 hours, depending on the patient. Retinal examinations are important in the early detection of many eye conditions, including cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal tears or detachments, and glaucoma.
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