Comprehensive Eye Exams and Preventative Care
Many health problems can be diagnosed in the early stages through a comprehensive medical eye examination so it is always a good idea to see your eye doctor regularly.
Some eye disorders such as glaucoma begin without any symptoms at all, and sometimes even minor symptoms such as blurry or cloudy vision, dry eyes or eye discoloration can signal a physical illness not related to the eye, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. It is important to keep your routine eye exam appointments and to maintain your overall health.
Special note for LASIK and PRK patients: Regular rechecks for your Laser Vision Correction do not take the place of routine eye exams. Please continue to schedule routine eye exams in addition to the LASIK or PRK rechecks. If you do not have a regular eye doctor and would like to have your routine eye exams done at EyeSight Hawaii, we can schedule an appointment for you.
What to expect during an eye exam
1. Medical History – First time patients are always asked about their medical history. The more information we have, the better. If you have had previous eye surgeries or have been treated or are currently being treated by another eye doctor, we request you have notes from that doctor sent over to us. Complete the Medical Release form and we’ll request your notes for you.
2. Dilation – First time patients and annual eye exams are dilated eye exams. For other follow-up appointments and rechecks, you may be dilated during the exam, however, for many people dilation is not necessary. If we do dilate your eyes, expect to be sensitive to light for a few hours following your exam.
Dr. Olkowski’s daughter,
Erika, with her UV
Tips for Healthy Eyes and Vision
In addition to seeing an eye doctor on a regular basis, there are some other things we can all do to protect our eyes and vision.
1. Wear UV Protecting Sunglasses.
The sun’s invisible UV rays can damage your eyes. Look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of both UV-A and UV-B rays. And don’t forget the children! Young eyes need protection too.
2. Wear Safety Glasses.
Many eye injuries can be avoided or minimized by using proper safety glasses. Look for protective eyewear with the ANSI-Z87 stamp that shows it conforms to federal guidelines.
3. Don’t Smoke
We always hear about smoking being bad for your health and it is. It’s bad for your eye health too.
4. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Things like Omega-3 Fatty Acids and antioxidants can help you stay healthy, even your eyes. Both reduce your chances of developing macular degeneration. Fish Oil can also with dry eye syndrome. You can find many types of Fish Oil supplements in the supermarket or health food market and antioxidants are found in green leafy vegetables, red, yellow and orange fruits and, yes, dark chocolate!