Why are eye exams important?
Routine eye exams are important – regardless of your age or your physical health.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor does much more than just determines your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. He will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
Who should get their eyes examined?
Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone. Adults should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease.
What does the Ophthalmologist checking for?
In addition to evaluating your eyes for glasses and contacts, your Ophthalmologist will check your eyes for eye diseases and other problems that could lead to vision loss.
Examples of eye conditions that your Ophthalmologist looks for.
Why vision screenings are no substitute for a complete eye exam.
Vision screenings are limited eye tests that help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. The eye test that you take when you get your driver's license renewed is an example of a vision screening.
Depending on who is performing the test and where the test is given, vision screenings may include tests for blur, muscle coordination and/or common eye diseases. A vision screening can indicate that you need to get your eyes checked, but it does not serve as a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.
A comprehensive eye examination is performed by an eye doctor and includes careful testing of all aspects of your vision. Based on the results of your exam, your eye doctor will then recommend a treatment plan for your individual needs.