As we get older, we have to focus a little more on maintaining our physical well being than in our youth. Even when the rest of your body (and mind) is perfectly healthy, vision-threatening eye conditions can still arise quite easily – the key to staying ahead of them is a comprehensive, annual eye exam.
The trouble with many progressive diseases like age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma, is that they present with very few symptoms, if any. They also target older individuals, leaving those over 65 years old at a higher risk of developing an eye disease.
An eye exam every 12 months could diagnose a vision-threatening eye disease months or years before symptoms would show.
After we’ve had a little chat, we’ll do some preliminary testing.
Note that we use dilation during our eye exams to ensure we get as much information and visibility into the eye as possible. Your eyes will remain dilated for approximately 2-3 hours, meaning that you will need a ride from the appointment as you will not be able to drive.
These tests approximate your prescription and measure the curve of your cornea. This helps inform your corrective lens prescription and highlights changes in your vision.
This test measures eye pressure, a key indicator in the development of glaucoma.
OCT imaging is a powerful method checking your optic nerve, corneal thickness, and other components of your eye. This process, like digital retinal photography, is completely painless/non-invasive and very powerful.
We determine which type and strength of corrective lens provides ideal vision. Repeat after us: number one, or number two?
The optometrist determines how well your eye muscles perform their duties, assessing their health and performance across a range of vision tests.
Using a powerful light source, the eye doctor examines your eye. This exam looks at the anterior segment of the eye looking for things like corneal disease, conjunctivitis, cataracts and other indicators of eye health.
This routine test is done after dilation, and is used to examine the back of the eye (specifically the posterior segment). It is non-invasive and allows us to gather important information about your eye health.