Why You Need an Eye Exam & What to Expect
Do you only visit your eye doctor when you notice a problem, or do you schedule regular check-ups? Many people are unaware of how essential it is to have routine eye exams. All eye care professionals stress the importance of having your eyes examined regularly in order to preserve your quality vision and long-lasting eye health.
Waiting until you have a complaint about your vision is a mistake. Our friendly and qualified eye doctors in Greensboro, Winston Salem, Raleigh, and Goldsboro, NC, are experienced in performing comprehensive eye exams. We invite you to book an appointment today at Fox Eye Care Group, in any of our six North Carolina optometry clinics.
Importance of Eye Exams
Sharp vision is an integral part of living well, which is why it’s critical to stay on top of your preventive eye care. What you may not realize is that many ocular diseases and vision conditions do not present symptoms at the beginning. It is only when these problems, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, progress to a later stage that symptoms may become bothersome. Sadly, that is also when vision damage has already happened – and treatment is less successful. In comparison, an early diagnosis of ocular disease enables our skilled eye doctors to treat your condition immediately, before irreversible damage has occurred.
In addition to watching out for eye disease, we will also check your vision to detect any changes. For most people, vision does not stay the same throughout all stages of life. As children grow, they may develop nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and other problems with visual skills that only a comprehensive pediatric eye exam can diagnose. When left untreated, these eye problems can interfere with child development and learning. Why take that risk?
With adults, aging is associated with vision disorders such as presbyopia, which makes it hard to read fine print and see up-close. Our eye doctors will inspect yours and your children’s eyesight to prescribe the most suitable vision correction, including eyeglasses, contact lenses, and vision therapy.
What will happen during my comprehensive eye exam?
In our offices in Greensboro, Raleigh, Winston Salem, and Goldsboro, NC, we treat every patient as a unique individual. Therefore, the specific procedures and testing that we will use during your eye exam depend upon your age, symptoms, health condition, and your eye doctor’s judgement. In general, your complete eye exam will include the following parts:
- Case history: it is important for you to share information about any past and present medical issues, eye history, and family eye history
- Lifestyle requirements: we need to know our patient’s visual requirements for home, school, work, and hobbies. Do you play outdoor sports, view a computer for many hours a day, sit in a classroom…?
- Visual acuity: we will test your sight in each eye (for distance and near), separately and together. You will need to read a standard eye chart of letters and numbers.
- Refraction: our optometrist will measure the precise focusing power of each eye to determine your current vision prescription. Objective and subjective techniques will be used.
- Binocularity: we will assess your ability to use both eyes together; eye teaming is important for depth perception, eye mobility and coordination
- Colour vision: we’ll evaluate your ability to differentiate between colours
- Ocular health: our eye doctor will use high-powered magnification, such as a slit lamp (biomicroscope) and ophthalmoscope, to examine your inner eye and optic nerve. When necessary, we may first insert dilating eye drops to obtain a better view of the back of your eye.
- Glaucoma testing: we will use a tonometer (puff test or blue light) to measure intraocular pressure. Your eye doctor will also inspect the optic nerve and retina and check peripheral vision.
- Additional procedures: depending upon the results of the previous tests, we may perform additional tests to detect or rule out problems. This includes OCT scans to analyze your ocular structure, digital retinal imaging, corneal pachymetry (measuring corneal thickness), and automated visual field testing.
What happens after my eye exam?
We believe that open communication between eye doctor and patient is the foundation of top-notch eye care. Our optometrist will meet with you to share and discuss all the test results. If treatment is needed, we will review your options together to determine the best plan. This may include eyeglasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, or surgery. If you need management of an eye disease, such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, we will advise you on the most suitable treatments.
The most reliable way to keep your vision safe and strong is to reserve your comprehensive eye exam at a Fox Eye Care Group office, in Greensboro and Winston Salem, NC, today!
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