A Regularly Scheduled Comprehensive Eye Examination
Patients should see their doctor for a comprehensive eye exam every year. Children should have regular tests to ensure the proper development of their vision and prevent any interference with academic achievements. Older adults are often at a higher risk for eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. Even if eyes are healthy, a regular eye exam will provide the doctor with an ability to view the blood vessels of the eye. With information obtained during an examination of the eyes, physicians have been able to detect chronic conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure. The early detection of these conditions can lead to early treatment.
The Comprehensive Eye Examination
An eye exam is different from a vision screening, which only tests vision and is commonly performed by a school nurse, pediatrician or other health care provider. Only an eye doctor can perform a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate the overall health of the eye and detect any changes that may indicate a vision disorder.
During a routine eye exam, the doctor will evaluate the eyes for refractive errors, as well as common conditions such as:
• Eye tracking
• Diabetic retinopathy
This is done through a series of eye tests that examine all aspects of the eye and may include:
• Visual field test
• Glaucoma test
• Slit-lamp examination
These tests are performed in the doctor’s office and are safe for all patients.
Treatment after a Comprehensive Eye Examination
After completing the comprehensive exam and coming to an accurate diagnosis, the doctor will develop a treatment plan based on the findings of the exam.
This treatment plan may include:
• A prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses