Comprehensive, Preventive Care
Eye exams are an important part of preventive health care. We provide a thorough checkup for not only the state of your vision but the health of your eyes. Visual acuity is important, but ensuring the internal and external structures of your eyes is imperative.
Regular exams allow our optometrists to look for early signs of eye disease. Many conditions that lead to vision loss do not show symptoms at first, so seeing an optometrist is your best defense against eye disease.
Our thorough approach establishes a baseline for your vision and your ocular health, allowing us to monitor your eyes over time and check for changes that may indicate eye disease. Rest assured, we’ll always explain any procedures or tests to ensure your comfort.Book Appointment
The When & Why of Eye Exams
The American Optometric Association recommends that low-risk patients adhere to these guidelines at a minimum:
- Adults ages 18 and up should have an eye exam yearly.
Patients with diabetes, high myopia, or other vision conditions should have more frequent exams. We will work with you and your unique needs to determine the best exam schedule for your eyes.
Refractive errors are just one of the reasons for a comprehensive eye exam. People who cannot see well at all distances are said to have refractive errors. They occur when light entering the eye isn’t focused correctly on the retina. Some common refractive errors include:
- Myopia (nearsightedness): When the eyeball is too long or the cornea is too curved, you may not be able to see distant objects clearly. This is called myopia.
- Hyperopia (farsightedness): When the cornea is not curved enough, or light doesn’t focus on the right part of the eye, close-up objects may appear blurry. This is known as hyperopia.
- Astigmatism: If your vision is blurry at many distances, you might have irregularly shaped corneas which cause astigmatism.
During your eye exam, we’ll use a phoropter machine to place a series of lenses in front of your eyes. Your prescription will be based on which lenses produce the best results.
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What Happens During an Eye Exam?
When you walk into our practice, you’ll be greeted by our friendly team. If you’re a new patient, we’ll ask questions about your health history, lifestyle, and current medications. We’ll discuss your family history, give you time to ask questions and address any concerns you might have.
Comprehensive eye exams are more than just a vision test. Our questions about your health and family history help us assess your risk factors for eye diseases or other vision conditions.
During the exam, we will carefully and thoroughly evaluate both the internal and external structures of the eye using the latest technology. We will measure your visual acuity to determine whether you need corrective lenses, or if you already have them, we’ll make sure your prescription is up-to-date.
We may also assess your color vision, how well the eyes work as a team, depth perception, and the way your pupils respond to light. We use a hand-held ophthalmoscope, and a microscope called a slit lamp to examine your eyes.
Our office has invested in the most up-to-date technology for viewing the different parts of your eye. With high-resolution fundus photography and ocular coherence tomography, we can view and take images of the eye’s most important structures.
Images of your retina, macula, and optic nerve give us an up-close look at the blood vessels in these areas, allowing us to observe any anomalies. Keeping the images on file lets us look for any changes between appointments.
Keeping a close watch on your internal eye structures lets us detect eye diseases like glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration before they damage your vision.
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Even if you think you have perfect vision, it’s still important to have regular eye exams. Eye diseases can begin with few to no symptoms, so a comprehensive exam remains the best way to assess any early signs of sight-threatening conditions.
Preserve your sight for years to come by booking a comprehensive eye exam today.Book Appointment
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