Why should you get an eye exam?
Regular eye exams are invaluable in maintaining healthy eyes by detecting and preventing diseases. Some diseases, such as cataracts and glaucoma, develop gradually without causing pain or vision loss, so patients may not notice anything is wrong until significant damage has been done. Early detection of eye diseases can allow for a choice of treatment options and reduce the risk of permanent eye damage.
Who should get an eye exam?
Patients should see their doctor for a comprehensive eye exam every one to three years, depending on their age, risk of disease and overall physical condition. Children should have regular tests to ensure the proper development of their vision and prevent any interference with their academics. Older adults are often at a higher risk for eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. Even if your eyes are healthy, you should still have a regular eye exam to detect any problems as soon as possible and begin the necessary treatment.
What happens during an eye exam?
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 your 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 the exam, your doctor will evaluate your eyes for refractive errors, as well as common conditions such as:
- Macular Degeneration
- Diabetic eye disease
After completing the comprehensive exam and coming to an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Statesir will develop a treatment plan based on the findings of the exam. This treatment plan often includes a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, medication, eye vitamins, or surgery for more serious conditions.