March is Save Your Vision month, and we’re talking about the best ways you can take of your vision and make sure you are seeing clearly for years to come. One of the best ways you can take care of your vision is by getting an annual comprehensive eye exam.
Comprehensive eye exams help to establish a baseline for your eye health. This enables you and your eye doctor to have conversations about your risk for certain eye diseases, to monitor your vision and to care for your whole health.
Let’s walk through what a comprehensive eye exam looks like.
1. After scheduling your appointment and submitting all your paperwork (which you can find here) you will arrive for your appointment. Our staff will greet you and make sure everything is in order. Please be sure to bring your current glasses and sunglasses to your appointment.
2. Your exam will start with preliminary testing – done in our office by a skilled technician. These tests include:
– Taking measurements of your eye’s focusing ability.
– Taking measurements of the front surface of the eye to determine if there is any astigmatism.
– You will undergo a visual field screening to determine any defect in your peripheral vision.
– You will then undergo macula pigment testing – a brand new, cutting edge test – that will determine your risk for macular degeneration. To read more about this testing – click here.
3. The doctor will then read over your chart, using the data from your tests to begin your exam.
4. Once you are with the doctor, a thorough ocular and medical history will be taken – be sure to mention any concerns with your family history as well. The doctor will address any new or old visual complaints.
5. The doctor will then test the eyes for distance, near and computer distances to determine your ability to see and how they work together.
6. The doctor then examines the exterior and interior portions of the eye looking for any abnormalities.
7. Any additional issues like dry eyes, allergies, styes, conjunctivitis, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetes and uncontrolled blood pressure are reviewed and discussed as these can all effect overall eye and vision health.
8. Based on the findings of your appointment the doctor will write a prescription if needed and recommend a return appointment.
Exams help to maintain eye health and monitor any long term problems. Ready for your appointment? Schedule one here.