Routine Eye Exam
The Importance of Regular Eye Exams
Regular eye exams are a valuable tool to maintaining the health of your eyes by detecting and preventing disease. Some diseases develop slowly and painlessly before causing vision loss. Early detection of these problems can reduce the risk of further harm and allow for a choice of treatment options. We regularly screen for diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, which can develop without any noticeable symptoms.
Depending on their age, risk of disease and overall physical condition, patients should be seen by their doctor for a comprehensive eye exam every one to three years, Children should have regular tests to ensure the proper development of their vision and prevent any interference with their academic achievements. Older adults are often at a higher risk for eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. Even if your eyes are healthy, you should have a regular eye examinations to detect any problems as soon as possible so that you may begin necessary treatment.
The Comprehensive Eye Examination
An eye exam is different from a vision screening, which only tests vision and is commonly performed by a school nurse, pediatrician or other health care provider. Only an eye doctor can perform a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate the overall health of the eye and detect any changes that may indicate a vision disorder. During a routine eye exam, the doctor will evaluate the eyes for refractive errors, as well as common conditions such as:
- Eye tracking
- Diabetic retinopathy
This is done through a series of eye tests that examine all aspects of the eye and may include:
- Visual field test
- Glaucoma test
- Slit-lamp examination
- Cover test
These tests are performed in the doctor's office and are safe for all patients.