Have you ever had a vision screening at work or school? These types of vision screenings happen often, but they are not the same as an eye exam. Many people think that a screening covers everything they need to make sure their eyes are healthy. Others also think that visiting the eye doctor is unneeded unless there is a noticeable eye problem. However, many chronic conditions and diseases happen over time and can only be detected with an eye exam given by an ophthalmologist. Find out why seeing the eye doctor is the best way for you to avoid vision problems and disease!
Have you or your child ever received an eye screening at school or work? You may remember that these are short vision exams that test how well your eyes are seeing. Often, children receive these screenings in elementary school to make sure they can see well enough to learn properly. Many times, a school or office nurse is providing this screening. However, for larger-scale vision screenings, outside volunteers from the community may help with the vision screenings as well.
Although this screening is not all-inclusive like an eye exam an eye doctor would provide, they are cost-effective exams that can detect some vision impairments. However, that is the extent of a vision screening. They can determine that there may be something wrong with the eyes, but they cannot determine for sure if a person has a refractive eye error, an infection, a disease or a chronic condition. Essentially, screenings will tell a patient that they should have their vision checked by a professional eye doctor.
Depending on where you go or the organization providing an vision screening, you may have one or more tests done on your eyes. These include screening tests such as:
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that children receive a vision screening, but more importantly that they have their vision checked between the ages of 3 and 4. A pediatrician, family doctor, or eye professional such as an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) or optometrist should check their vision. An eye exam is vastly different than a vision screening.
Every person should receive a professional eye exam from an eye doctor at least every 2 years, and every year if vision problems already exist. During a comprehensive eye exam, we take your individual symptoms and vision needs into account. We choose from over 100 different types of vision tests depending on the reason for your visit. Using special tools, we can examine all the outer and inner tissues of the eyes, even at microscopic levels. This can detect the smallest changes in eye tissues that signal developing disease.
Eye charts in conjunction with retinoscopy and refraction tests will determine your exact vision, even if it is slightly off from being perfect. This allows us to quickly determine an eye prescription to help patients of all ages (even infants) to see clearly. When it comes to the health of your eyes, spend the 30 minutes or less it takes at an eye doctor’s office to get a comprehensive eye exam.
As we mentioned, anyone in the community can be trained to give an eye screening. This training takes just a few minutes, which is why so many eye conditions are missed. Although vision screenings can be very beneficial for finding major refractive, visual acuity and coordination errors in the eyes, they are only somewhat accurate. They can miss vision problems in up to 75% of cases.
A child or adult may pass a vision screening easily, but still have vision problems or chronic conditions. That is why you always want every member of your family to visit a professional eye doctor. Only an eye doctor has gone through 10 years of professional schooling to find eye diseases and vision problems. They can detect the smallest of abnormalities to help prevent diseases of vision problems from starting in the first place. If you want to see how healthy your eyes are, call Peeper’s Optical today at (303) 223-0401 to receive your professional eye exam!