The American Optometric Association recommends visiting the eye doctor at least every 2 years. At that appointment, most patients will be introduced to eye care terms they don’t hear often. We can answer questions about different eye professionals, the tools they use and different eye conditions we see often. Understand eye care terms better with this quick list!
There are various eye care professionals. They are not the same and they have different training and jobs. However, all are very important:
We use different machines to test vision problems, vision clarity and to check for disease. Those machines and tools include:
Many patients come into our office with refractive eye problems and common conditions that include:
You will receive your eye care prescription from the ophthalmologist and then take it to the optician. There, you will be fitted for glasses or contact lenses, which are lenses that go directly in your eye. There are many product options for patients depending on their style and eye care needs:
Much more important than any eye care terms is the understanding of why your vision health is important. With many eye conditions and diseases, the condition has progressed by the time a patients notices changes in their vision. Many changes can’t be corrected by that point. This is the case with macular degeneration and cataracts. However, if you follow the AOA’s recommendation to visit the eye doctor at least every 2 years, you are much less likely to have a chronic vision problem or disease.
With these visits, it’s easy to spot the signs of changing tissues and slight vision problems. When you catch those problems early, you can literally save your vision and keep it for the rest of your life. Even chronic diseases can be halted in their tracks, where in another scenario (i.e. not seeing the eye doctor), a patient might become blind. Bottom line: visit your eye doctor, and visit them often enough to avoid disease and vision problems. If you need an eye doctor or want to schedule your appointment, call Peeper’s Optical today at (303) 223-0401!