Many people regularly visit the doctor to take care of their health. Unless vision problems are apparent, people can go for years without realizing they need an eye exam. The American Optometric Association recommends that every person has an eye exam at least every two years, if not more often. These exams ensure that your health is in check and that you are not developing any eye diseases, as some diseases don’t have pain or symptoms until their later stages. An eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. Find out why they are so important and how you can benefit from an eye exam today!
Some of the most common vision problems have to do with refractive errors of the eyes. These refractive errors include nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Nearsightedness is the most common refractive error and affects around 42% of people, as reported by the National Eye Institute. Objects up close are clear, while objects farther away are blurry. It is also known as “myopia” and is when light from an object forms an image before it reaches the retina, where images are processed in the eye.
Farsightedness is the exact opposite condition and is when objects farther away are clear and objects up close appear blurry. It also goes by the name of “presbyopia” and becomes more common after age 40 and especially after age 60 in many people. Farsightedness is when light forms an image behind the retina instead of before it in the eye, making close objects blurry. Astigmatism is another refractive error that causes blurry vision because there are two points of focus in the eye instead of one. Generally, the eyeball is more of a rugby shape instead of round, which causes this blurred vision. All of these eye problems can be detected during an eye exam and all are treatable with glasses, contact lenses or LASIK eye surgery.
The American Optometric Association recommends that patients see their eye doctor at least every 2 years for an eye exam. Between birth and 24 months, an infant should see the eye doctor around 6 months. They should also receive an eye exam around age 3 and before first grade. After this time, we would love to see each patient every 2 years so that their eyes stay healthy. Those who have vision problems or are at-risk for vision problems should receive an exam every year. We test your eyes for refractive errors, signs of disease, swelling or other abnormal symptoms. We can also do specialized tests, such as for colorblindness.
Depending on the reason for your visit, your comprehensive exam may include the use of dilating drops. These medicated drops enlarge your pupil so your doctor can get a better view of the internal structures in the back of your eye. We put the drops in your eyes and wait up to 20 minutes for the medicine to take effect. We dilate your eyes so that they open more for us to see inside your eye. You will be more sensitive to light because more light is getting into your eye. However, you benefit from this dilation because we can see all the structures inside your eye, allowing us to detect signs of disease.
There are over 100 different ways we can test your eyes depending on your unique needs and symptoms you have. We most commonly see refractive errors of the eyes in our office, but we also deal with many eye emergencies and diseases as well. Some of our tests and equipment include:
Every patient should see their eye doctor for an eye exam at least every 2 years. Patients with refractive errors or other eye health condition should see their eye doctor every year. An eye exam can catch diseases before they become severe and can help you keep your eyes healthy so you can enjoy your vision all your life. To schedule your eye exam, call Peepers Optical today at (303) 333-2800!