Eye exams are performed by an independent Doctor of Optometry. Optometrists are highly trained professionals that measure visual errors of the eye. They prescribe solutions that offer you the clearest vision possible based on the exam.
When should you have your eyes examined?
It is recommended that you have an eye examination every 2 years by most eye doctors.
Your eye doctor may want to see you every year or more often depending on the health of your eyes. Some eye conditions require your doctor to follow your eye health more closely, resulting in visits more often. Your doctor will determine the course of care you need.
Have you heard the old saying “the eyes are the windows to your soul”? While that may or may not be true, they are windows to your overall health.
There are conditions that may cause visible changes in the retina. Most eye doctors will perform a dilated exam. Dilation drops cause the pupil to open to a larger opening. The drops prevent the pupil from reducing in size when exposed to light. With the pupil opened wide, the doctor will examine the health of your retina. They can detect changes in the health of the blood vessels. There may be indications resulting in a recommendation for a physical with your primary care doctor.
A list of conditions visible during an eye exam can include:
High Blood Pressure Parkinson’s Disease
Heart Disease Cancer
Rheumatoid Arthritis Multiple Sclerosis
Thyroid Disorder Diabetes
Three eye conditions that can be detected during a routine eye exam are cataracts, Glaucoma, and Age-Related Macular Degeneration. In these conditions, you may not have developed any symptoms. Discovering these conditions early may help to prevent you from losing any of your vision.
The thing to remember is that many of the listed conditions do not change how you see until the condition is in advanced stages. Vision loss occurs slowly, and you may be unaware there is a problem.
How long has it been since you’ve had a comprehensive eye examination?