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COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAMS

As your eyes gradually change, so can your vision and prescription needs. That’s why regular eye exams are so important.

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Many of us assume that we don't need to see an eye doctor if we can see clearly. While clear eyesight is obviously crucial, an eye exam is more than simply a vision test. In fact, your eyes can serve as windows into your general well-being. Many disorders, including cardiovascular health and diabetes, show early indications in the eyes.

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Should Children Get Their Eyes Examined?

Eye exams should be done on a regular basis to ensure healthy visual development. Children may be unaware of a developing eye condition since they may not know what ‘normal’ vision looks like. Schedule annual exams for your children because good vision is directly linked to the learning process and plays an important role in success in school and activities.

How Often Should Adults Have A Comprehensive Eye Exam?

Annual comprehensive eye exams play an increasingly vital role in maintaining healthy vision as we get older. Even a minor change in vision can result in eye strain, headaches and other problems. Most adults struggle to read after the age of 40-50 due to presbyopia, age-related farsightedness.

Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process that makes reading small text on labels, computer monitors, books and other printed materials more difficult. While inexpensive ‘drugstore’ reading glasses may help, your eye doctor will examine your vision thoroughly and give you a variety of correction options that are tailored to your unique needs.

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What Does a Comprehensive Eye Exam Include?

If it’s been a while since your last eye checkup, you might be wondering what a comprehensive eye exam entails. While tests differ depending on your medical history and doctor, the majority of comprehensive eye exams include the following:

  • Visual Acuity – assesses the sharpness of your vision, usually using the Snellen or “Big E” chart
  • Visual fields test – determines if you have limited peripheral vision or blind spots
  • Cover Test – can identify binocular vision problems or strabismus
  • Retinoscopy, autorefractor or aberrometer – approximates your glasses prescription
  • Refraction – fine tunes the final prescription using a phoropter
  • Slit lamp exam – detects common eye conditions and diseases. It also examines the structure of your eye to assess its health.
  • Glaucoma test -known as tonometry, this test measures the pressure within your eye
  • Dilation of the pupil and ophthalmoscopy – examines the retina, optic nerve and blood vessels

Benefits of a Comprehensive Eye Exam

One of the most important advantages of comprehensive eye exams is that you get quick feedback on your eye health. Your eye doctor will check for things like:

  • Refractive error: farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism
  • Focusing problems, including presbyopia
  • Other vision problems, such as amblyopia, strabismus and binocular vision

If you have a refractive error or a focusing problem, you can be fitted for glasses or contact lenses right away. In the case of other conditions, an eye doctor can talk with you about a treatment plan and give you useful information so you can weigh your options.

Prevention is perhaps the most important benefit of yearly comprehensive eye exams. Nothing is more valuable to you than your vision, and keeping it healthy necessitates regular maintenance. When it comes to degenerative eye disease, ignoring preventative vision care might lead to permanent vision loss.

For example, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy generally present with no symptoms in their early stages and can progress slowly and painlessly. If left untreated, vision loss is usually irreversible. Regular visits to your eye doctor can help protect your vision by catching these conditions early.

Make eyesight and eye health a priority in your life and the lives of those you care about. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Village Eye Centre in North Edmonton today!

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