Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool in maintaining healthy eyes by detecting and preventing disease. Some diseases develop slowly without causing pain or vision loss. Early for the detection of any problems can reduce the risk of further harm and allow for a choice of treatment options. The entire exam process can take an hour depending on the complexity of the problem. Each patient will be evaluated with a refraction to determine their glasses prescription. Refraction is an evaluation of the anterior section of their eyes with biomicroscope, intraocular measurements, and a thorough evaluation of the retina (back of the eye).
When most think of getting an eye exam, it is the comprehensive vision and eye health exam that they are thinking of. During a comprehensive eye exam, there are several tests our optometrist will perform related to both vision and eye health. These tests measure things such as the sharpness of vision, the ability to see colors properly, eye alignment and movement, depth perception, retinal health, and possible refraction errors that determine whether, and to what degree you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. They also test for eye diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts and if either of these is an issue our Doctor of Optometry will discuss your treatment options in order to improve or preserve your vision.
Contact Lens Exam
Since contact lenses correct vision a little differently, those who wish to be considered for contact lenses need a separate contact lens exam. Contact lens exams include many of the same tests as a comprehensive exam, but additional testing including a corneal topography exam, and a slit lamp exam need to be done to make sure medical problems are identified before actually fitting eyes with contact lenses. Contact lens fitting also needs to be carefully considered, both to get the actual lenses to fit into your eye, and to make sure those lenses will fit your lifestyle as well. If you suffer from conditions such as dry eye, astigmatism, presbyopia, or some other condition specialty or "hard to fit" contacts may be necessary to correct your vision.
Eye Surgery Exams
If you are considering, or need to have some type of eye surgery, such as cataracts surgery or LASIK vision correction, your optometrist plays a strong role in this decision by offering eye exams both before the surgery and in the aftermath to make sure vision correction is progressing as it should. With LASIK is particular, we can help determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, and can refer you to an eye surgeon if you do determine that it is right for you.
Whether or not you have a history of vision problems, getting regular eye exams is important in order to catch vision issues before they have a detrimental effect on your life. To learn more, or to schedule an eye exam, contact us at University Vision Centre in El Paso at 915-533-1811.