Eye Exams & Why They Shouldn’t Be Avoided

Eye exams are an important component to maintaining one’s health. With the end of the year quickly approaching, it is important to have an annual eye exam before vision benefits for 2016 expire. However, insurance isn’t the only reason to get an eye exam – the health of your eyes depends on it.

Annual eye exams are an essential part of preventive health care. Annual eye exams are not just about detecting vision changes. Many vision problems such as glaucoma have no symptoms and remain undetected until it is too late. In fact, Reuters Health has found that nearsighted (myopic) people may be twice as likely to develop glaucoma. An individual who does yearly eye exams will be able detect vision problems before they worsen, preventing vision loss.

A comprehensive yearly exam includes but is not limited to:

1.    Patient History

A patient’s medical history is examined for any complaints and eye/health family history.

2.    Visual Acuity

This test evaluates how well a patient is seeing at a distance.

3.    Preliminary Test

This are general test to see how well the eye functions and health.  The eye doctor looks at depth perception and side/peripheral vision.

4.    Keratometry

This is a test to measure the curvature of the cornea, which is important for contact lenses and to detect irregularities.

5.    Refraction

This is used to determine the amount of prescription needed to compensate for a patient’s refractive error.

6.    Eye Focusing, Teaming and Movement Test

This tests how well the eye focuses and works together as a whole.

7.    Health Evaluation

A tonometer is used to measure eye pressure to detect for eye problems such as glaucoma. Dilations are used to examine the eye in more detail including examining the retina.

For those who have had LASIK or PRK, it is still very important to undergo annual eye exams.  Eye exams after these procedures monitor the eyes for all of the above items plus eye conditions that are unique to LASIK or PRK patients.

The eyes are precious organs that should be treated with the same care as the rest of the body. Visit the Raleigh Eye Center to make an appointment for your yearly check up. Early detection is important.