Comprehensive Eye Exam
A comprehensive eye exam is a medical examination of the eyes that assesses vision and eye health. The exam typically includes a series of tests that measure visual acuity, refractive error, and ocular motility. It also includes tests for glaucoma, cataracts, and other eye conditions.
The eye exam is important for detecting vision problems and eye disease. Early detection and treatment of eye conditions can often prevent vision loss. The exam can also detect other health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Most people should have a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years. People with certain risk factors for eye disease, such as a family history of eye disease, may need more frequent exams.
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What can I expect in a comprehensive eye exam?
During a comprehensive eye exam, the eye doctor will ask about your medical history and symptoms. They will then conduct a series of tests to assess your vision and eye health. These tests may include:
- Visual acuity test: This test measures how well you see at various distances.
- Refractive error test: This test would determine if prescription eyewear or contacts would be beneficial and what powers would be most appropriate.
- Ocular motility test: This test assesses eye movement and muscle function.
- Glaucoma test: This test measures eye pressure and looks for signs of damage to the optic nerve.
- Cataract test: This test looks for changes in the eye that may be indicative of a cataract.
- Depth perception: This test determines if you can see the relative distance between objects.
- Peripheral vision: This test measures the scope of your field of vision. A narrow field of vision can be indicative of eye disease.
After the tests are complete, Dr. Novak will discuss the results with you and recommend any necessary treatment. Treatment for eye conditions may include glasses, contact lenses, eye surgery, or medications.
If you have any concerns about your vision or eye health, schedule a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Novak today.
What is the difference between a comprehensive eye examination and a routine eye exam?
A regular or routine eye exam differs from a comprehensive eye exam in that it is a vision screening that assesses your visual acuity and refractive error. Dr. Novak and the staff at Premier Vision pride themselves on assessing the entire eye health in addition to assessing your vision. This is what differentiates Premier Vision from other optical retailers.
How often should I have a comprehensive eye exam?
Most people should have a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years. People with certain risk factors such as a family history of eye disease, may need more frequent exams.
What are common eye diseases?
- Common eye diseases include:
- Cataracts: A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. Cataracts typically develop slowly and can eventually lead to vision loss.
- Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve. Glaucoma can lead to vision loss.
- Age-Related Macular degeneration: Macular degeneration is a deterioration of the eye’s macula. The macula is the part of the eye responsible for central vision. Macular degeneration is the leading cause for blindness in the US in individuals 65 and older.
- Diabetic retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that damages the blood vessels in the retina. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 and under.
If you have any concerns about your vision or eye health, schedule a comprehensive eye exam with Dr.Novak today. Early detection and treatment of eye conditions can often prevent vision loss.
What are common vision problems?
Common vision problems include:
- Nearsightedness: Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a vision condition in which close objects are seen clearly, but distant objects appear blurry.
- Farsightedness: Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is a vision condition in which distant objects are seen clearly, but close objects are more difficult to focus on and can appear blurry.
- Astigmatism: Astigmatism is a vision condition in which there is an imperfection in the shape of the eye that causes light to be focused unevenly, resulting in blurred vision.
- Presbyopia: Presbyopia is a vision condition that occurs when the eye’s lens becomes less flexible, making it difficult to focus on close objects.
If you’re worried about your eyesight or eye health, get a complete eye exam from Dr. Novak right away. Early detection and treatment of vision issues may help to prevent loss of vision.
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