Comprehensive Medical Eye Examination
An annual comprehensive medical eye examination is important in maintaining the overall health of your eyes and ensuring your vision will last during your lifetime. It may be recommended, after your examination, that you schedule more regular visits to the doctor if you have an eye disease or a health condition that puts your vision at risk, such as:
- High blood pressure
- A family history of eye disease
And, as you age, the likelihood of developing age-related eye diseases becomes more of a possibility, if you have the following health conditions:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Age-related macular degeneration
The Eye Examination
During your eye examination, you will be asked about your general health, your family’s medical history, what medications you take, and if you have any concerns about your vision. If you wear corrective lenses, you will need to bring them to your visit. A comprehensive eye examination is not the same as screening for vision.
As part of your exam, the following diagnostic tests and as well as others may be conducted:
- A visual acuity test, using an eye chart, will be conducted
- Administration of drops to dilate your eyes. These drops will dilate your pupils and allow the retina and optic nerves to be examined for signs of damage or disease.
- Evaluation of your peripheral, or side, vision. The loss of side vision is one of the symptoms of glaucoma.
- Ocular motility test to check the alignment of the eyes as well as the muscles of the eyes
- Tonometry test to measure the intraocular eye pressure of the eyes. An increase in pressure is a symptom of glaucoma.
- A slit-lamp examination of the eyelids, cornea, iris, and lens to check for cataracts or damage to the cornea.
The diagnostic tests that are conducted during a comprehensive eye examination help to determine the health of your eyes. With an early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision conditions, especially those with no obvious signs or symptoms, you can help prevent loss of vision.
Based on the results of the diagnostic tests performed during the comprehensive eye examination, additional testing may be required in order to provide a more detailed assessment of your eyes for the doctor and recommend a treatment plan if needed.
A regularly scheduled comprehensive eye examination will help to detect conditions or diseases at their earliest stages and their most treatable. To schedule an appointment for your comprehensive eye examination, please contact us or call us at: 781-381-4325.