Comprehensive Eye Exam

Although correcting your vision is very important, a comprehensive eye exam does a lot more than that. The exam allows the eye doctor to evaluate the health of your eyes to screen for cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration, some of which you would feel no obvious symptoms until irreversible damage is done. Early diagnosis and treatment of these conditions make big differences in the prognosis.

comprehensive eye exam health visionNot only are eye exams important for your eye health, but also for your general health. Comprehensive eye exams may also detect serious health problems such as high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes before the symptoms show up elsewhere in the body. Early detection of these diseases means proper treatments and early referral to necessary specialists.

Your individual concerns and symptoms, along with the professional judgment of the doctor, may significantly influence the tests. A comprehensive eye examination may include the following tests.

Patient History

To determine any problems you are experiencing, personal and family medical/ocular history and medications taken, vocation, avocation and any special demands on your eyes.

Visual Acuity

To determine how clearly each eye is seeing.

Peripheral Vision Test

To determine how well you can see off to the side.

Eye Muscle Test

To evaluate eye alignment and eye movement.

Pupil Testing

To evaluate neurological integrity.

Refraction and Vision Test

To determine the appropriate lens power needed to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia.

Eye pressure Test

To check for glaucoma and certain type of eye inflammation.

Eye Health evaluation

To check for eye diseases like dry eye syndrome, cataract, glaucoma, macula degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and more.

Yearly eye exams are recommended for most people, but more frequent exams are recommended for people who have history of eye or systemic disease.