Comprehensive Eye Exams
Having a comprehensive eye exam not only ensures you are able to clearly see, but even more importantly it is an opportunity to assess the health of your eyes. Without regular eye check-ups, serious diseases can go undiagnosed. This can lead to a deterioration in vision, and permanent and irreversible damage to your eyes.
Adult Eye Exams
Adult eye exams are more than just about getting an updated prescription, it is about assessing the health of your eyes. Common eye conditions like glaucoma, and macular degeneration can be identified and treated in a timely manner, which can ultimately save your vision.
Adults (19 to 64 years) should get their eyes tested bi-annually. If you have an eye condition you may need to see an optometrist more regularly. Your comprehensive eye exam will ensure you are taking a proactive approach in prevention, identification, and treatment. It can also detect other life-threatening conditions.
Find out how MSP covers adult eye exams.
Eye Exams for Children
While everyone needs regular check-ups with their optometrist, kids are at a greater disadvantage when they cannot see clearly, as it hinders their development. Children often can’t articulate vision problems, making it vital for parents to proactively schedule regular eye exams crucial.
These exams help identify prevalent childhood vision problems like:
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
- Lazy eye
Early detection enables timely treatment, often resolving these conditions, plus MSP coverage for eye exams is beneficial in facilitating these assessments.
Eye Exams for Seniors
As we age, so do our eyes. The older we get, our eyes become more susceptible to disease and impairments like Cataracts, Glaucoma and more. Some of these conditions will result in mild symptoms, but others have the potential to be life altering.
The good news is that many eye conditions can be treated if they’re caught in a timely manner. The best way to stay on top of your eye health is by scheduling frequent eye exams. An optometrist can use imaging and diagnostics to determine the health of your eyes while spotting conditions that may be symptomless.
Senior adults (65+ years) should get their eyes tested annually or bi-annually, but an existing eye condition will mean more frequent visits to your optometrist.
Emergency Eye Exams
If you need emergency eye care, please call us immediately and we will do our best to fit you in as soon as possible. You are our first priority as time is crucial in these situations; it could just save your eyesight.
After you are assessed, you may be referred to an ophthalmologist, hospital, or simply asked to come back for a follow-up. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you should seek immediate medical attention from an optometrist:
- Flashes of light
- Sudden vision loss
- Pain or trauma to the eye
- Double vision
Conditions Treated with a Comprehensive Eye Exam
Refractive errors, such as nearsightedness (Myopia), farsightedness, and astigmatism, impact how well you can see. Our optometrists can prescribe eyeglasses, contacts or even surgery to help you see more clearly.
Glaucoma is a disease that often doesn’t produce symptoms at first and can lead to blindness. During an eye exam, we can identify symptoms early and provide prompt treatment to slow down progression.
Macular degeneration is an eye disease that occurs when blood vessels start to leak or the macula is damaged, and can lead central vision loss. As with glaucoma, early detection can help reduce vision loss.
Dry eye is common and can be caused by prolonged screen use, environmental factors, and certain health conditions. Optometrists can prescribe eye drops, laser therapy, or punctual plugs to reduce your symptoms.
Extremely common in older individuals, cataracts lead to cloudy or blurry vision from protein build-up on the lens of the eye. Glasses or contacts can help, but often the best option is cataracts surgery.
When you spend all day looking at a screen, you could be prone to Computer Vision Syndrome. With CVS you could experience a wide range of symptoms, from dry eyes to back pain to blurry vision.
Eye redness is another common issue that happens when the whites of the eyes become red or bloodshot, or the eyelids become red and inflamed. This redness can happen for a number of reasons, but the safest bet is to call your optometrist.
Why Come for Regular Eye Exams?
Detect Early Signs of Disease
During an eye exam, an optometrist on our optometry team will check for signs of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, corneal disorders, and other vision problems. This can help detect potential eye issues early on and improve the chances of successful treatment. Pay attention to early diagnosis as it helps to avoid permanent vision loss. This is particularly important if you are in a higher risk group for certain eye diseases, such as being older and having other family members with a specific eye disease.
Ensure Your Vision is Clear
Even if there are no underlying diseases or visual impairments, regular eye exams can help ensure your vision is sharp. It is possible for your prescription to change with time, and this might cause you eye strain without you even noticing it. You may even be surprised at how much sharper and clearer your vision can become with updated lenses. Your eye doctor can help decide if updated glasses or lenses are needed.
Improve Eye Comfort & Health
Eye exams can benefit people who do not wear glasses but require optometry services. For instance, a comprehensive eye exam can help detect the cause of any blurry vision or discomfort in the eyes that may indicate an underlying issue, such as diabetic retinopathy. It might also help diagnose allergies, infections, and other eye health issues. Booking an appointment with an optometrist on our optometry team may be useful if you experience discomfort or vision problems.
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