Comprehensive & Preventative Eye Care
Many health problems can be diagnosed in the early stages through a vision eye exam or a comprehensive medical eye examination so it is always a good idea to see your eye doctor regularly.
Even if you think your vision and eyes are fine, you could be developing an eye disease and not know it. Some eye disorders such as glaucoma begin without any symptoms at all. 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. Many health problems can be diagnosed in the early stages through a comprehensive eye examination so it is always a good idea to see your eye doctor for routine eye care.
Comprehensive eye examinations are done by either an Optometrist (practices in Optometry) or an Ophthalmologist (a physician specializing in medical and surgical eye care). The comprehensive eye examination allows for checking for common eye disorders including cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration.
Special note for LASIK and PRK patients: Regular rechecks for your laser eye surgery do not take the place of routine eye exams. Please continue to schedule routine eye exams in addition to the LASIK or PRK rechecks that are being done by your PRK or LASIK eye surgeon.
What to expect during an eye exam
- 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 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, fax it or email it back to us and we’ll request your notes for you.
- 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.
- Visual acuity testing – This checks what the smallest letter you are able to read on the eye chart.
- Intraocular pressure (IOP) testing – This tests measure the pressure in your eyes and checks for glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye disease that can lead to blindness, if left untreated, by damaging the nerve in the back of the eye that connects your eye to your brain. Eye inflammation can also increase intraocular pressure.
- Refraction test – Determines what prescription you will need in your eye glasses to see clearer.
- Additional diagnostic testing – Additional diagnostic testing may be done during the eye exam if there are abnormalities found.