We know your vision is important to you – and it’s important to us. When you come for your appointment, we make sure to schedule ample time for your eye examination so you will never feel rushed. Our office provides complete eye care for both adults and children.
During your comprehensive eye examination, we will check your eyes inside and out for any potential eye disorders or diseases. Your visual skills and abilities are carefully evaluated, and appropriate treatment is prescribed. We are prepared to handle whatever your eyecare needs are and will treat them with the latest in diagnostic equipment.
Every routine eye exam should always include a thorough look at the retina, which is located at the back of the eye, to screen for abnormalities or disease. This sensitive tissue is susceptible to a variety of diseases that can ultimately lead to partial loss of vision or even complete blindness. Early detection of any retinal abnormality is thus crucial. Previously, this screening was done by dilating the pupils. Dilation is a procedure that many patients found uncomfortable, inconvenient, and time-consuming. Today’s technology allows our patients to have the option of taking a photo of the back of the eye, which allows us to screen up to 200 degrees of the retina without the use of dilation drops.
If you’ve had a vision screening recently, you might say, “My vision is fine! I don’t need a comprehensive eye exam.”
But a vision screening provides a limited perspective on the overall health of your eyes. It’s a bit like getting your blood pressure checked and not getting the rest of your annual physical. You’ll have useful information, but it’s not the whole picture.
Vision screenings only test your ability to see clearly in the distance. This is called visual acuity and is just one factor in your overall vision. Others include color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. The screening also doesn’t evaluate how well the eyes focus up close or work together. Most importantly, it doesn’t give any information about the health of the eyes.
Comprehensive eye exams evaluate all aspects of your vision and eye health.
The comprehensive eye exam looks at your eye externally and internally for any signs of eye disease, then tests your vision in a variety of ways.
Even though you visit a separate office for your eye health, that doesn’t mean your eyes shouldn’t be treated holistically. Your eye doctor will discuss your overall health, any medications you’re taking, and whether you have high blood pressure or diabetes. All these factors help the eye doctor properly assess your eye health.
The American Optometric Association recommends an eye exam every two years if you aren’t having any problems and you’re aged 18-60. After the age of 61, you should schedule a comprehensive exam annually or as recommended by your eye doctor.