Comprehensive Eye Exams
Eye exams are an important part of one’s general health maintenance. It is vital to have your eyes checked regularly to ensure that vision is at its best. Regular eye health exams will also check for signs of eye disease or conditions that can affect not only your vision but your overall health, especially as you become older.
We have an independent doctor of optometry available for eye exams but outside prescriptions are always welcome.
Vision Screening vs. a Comprehensive Eye Exam
Recommending regular eye exams are extremely different than a vision screening. A vision screening is a basic test that indicates if you have difficulty seeing and that may require further assessment or corrective measures. It can be performed by anyone, whether it is a school nurse, a pediatrician or even a volunteer at a vision clinic. A vision screening usually only checks vision, it does not check eye health. Also, most vision screenings for kids only check for nearsightedness (the inability to see things that are farther away).
A comprehensive eye exam can only be performed by an eye doctor as it requires special knowledge and equipment to look around and into your eye to check your eye and vision health. A comprehensive eye examination will also provide an accurate prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Our optometrist can assess whether there are underlying causes for vision problems and whether there are any signs of disease which can threaten your site and the health of your eye.
A comprehensive eye examination can also diagnose symptoms of the following:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Autoimmune disorders
- Thyroid disorders
Eye Exams for Eye Health
Eye exams are critical because many vision threatening eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, or diabetic retinopathy. These issues usually have no or minimal symptoms until the disease has progressed. Early detection and treatment is essential to halting or slowing down the progression of the disease and saving your eyesight. During a comprehensive eye examination, your eye doctor will be looking for initial signs of these diseases. If a problem with your eyes arises such as red eyes, eye allergies, dry eyes, eye swelling,eye pain, call our eye doctor as soon as possible since they are specifically trained to treat eye diseases.