A comprehensive eye exam not only evaluates the how well your eyes see, but also discovers the threat of possible eye diseases. Eye diseases like Glaucoma and macular degeneration, could result in serious vision loss if not detected and treated early. Patients with these diseases have gone years without experiencing any visual symptoms before vision loss occurs.
If you are 35 years of age or older, you should have a comprehensive eye exam every two years.
Patients over 65 or with a family history of glaucoma, diabetes or diabetic retinopathy should have a yearly eye exam.
Eye Exam Expectations:
Expect that your pupils will be dilated so that the doctor will be able to examine your retina. You may opt to utilize our Optos® retina imaging as an alternative. This method can also be used to compare past image maps of your retina to future ones. Doing this allows our Doctors to detect any changes that may occur over the course of time. If you don’t choose to utilize our retina imaging service, you may want to consider alternative transportation, because the pupil dilation process will slightly blur your vision and magnify your sensitivity to light for a few hours.
Assessments Included In Most Eye Exams:
- A test that identifies any involuntary movement of the eye, or any weak muscles. During this test you will be asked to move your eyes in every normal direction and at particular angles specified by the Doctor.
- Assessments to ensure that you can alter your focus between items that are near and far. Binocular vision skills assessments to ensure that your eyes work together properly as a team. Eye muscle coordination and depth perception are examined during this test.
- Eye pressure test. Your doctor may administer one or more tests to evaluate your intra-ocular pressure. High intra-ocular pressure may be a sign of glaucoma.
- Color perception screening. This assessment ensures you are seeing colors accurately.
- Ophthalmoscope examination to ensure that your cornea, lens, optic nerve, pupil responses, and retina are are healthy and functioning properly.
- A test to determine your degree of your farsighted or nearsighted vision by testing visual acuity and refraction. This series of tests will also determine if you have astigmatism.
- A visual field test that measures how wide and area you can see when you are looking straight ahead. This test allows the Doctor to assess whether you may have a debilitating disease that effects your peripheral vision or other less severe issues.
At the end of the exam, the Doctor will review the results and discuss all available treatment.
Scheduling a comprehensive exam for your eyes is as easy as calling our office 603-421-0022 or schedule an exam.