Regular comprehensive eye exams ensure that the patient’s vision and ocular health is optimal. During the exam, the doctor looks for any abnormalities in the structures of the eye as well as assess the patient’s overall health history to guarantee the patient is receiving the care they need.
Most adults should have an eye exam every two years. However, some people who have an existing ocular condition and/or a predisposition to an eye disease will need to be monitored more closely. Common eye conditions that we see in our practice include cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, and hypertension.
A comprehensive eye exam will analyze all aspects of your eyes and the areas surrounding them. There are many structures throughout the eyes that need to be assessed and this is done using many various techniques. In particular, magnification is used to evaluate, in detail, the structures of the front and back of the eye. One of our most powerful tools is the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). This device shows us so much more of the structures of the retina, macula and optic nerve when compared to more traditional methods. It is an invaluable tool for setting an in-depth ocular baseline of your eyes as well as monitoring for ocular diseases and conditions such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.
We also need to evaluate your vision with respect to your visual needs. In the end, we are able to determine which form of vision correction fits you best, whether it is in the form of glasses, contact lenses and/or magnifiers.
Another aspect of our vision that is becoming increasingly recognized is the ability of our eyes to work together in a coordinated and efficient manner. Examination of our binocular vision is an integral part of every exam and its results are particularly important in today’s world of increased screen time.
Your vision and your eye health are of the utmost importance. We work closely with other professionals should you need any referrals.