From the moment we wake up until the moment we go to bed at night, we rely on our eyes to enable us to function day-to-day. Being able to see clearly and having healthy eyes helps us to work, to take part in leisure activities and keeps us safe from many of the dangers of the world. In fact, many of us don’t realize just how much we take our eyes and eyesight for granted. Unfortunately, there are many ocular diseases that pose a threat to our eyesight, and that can even lead to permanent vision loss.
Keeping our eyes healthy should be one of our biggest wellness priorities. One of the best ways to do this is by attending regular, comprehensive eye exams with trained and experienced professionals. We are delighted to be able to offer this service at our family eye care practice in Worthington, OH.
There are a variety of elements involved in a comprehensive eye exam, and these enable us to obtain a clear and accurate picture of your eye health and visual capability. Some of the key components of your eye exam will include the following:
Visual acuity testing. This is the most well-known element of any eye exam. You’ll be asked to look at a board of letters at a distance away and identify them to our team. This will tell us how clearly you can see at specific distances and enable us to determine if you have a refractive eye problem such as being nearsighted or farsighted and would benefit from prescription lenses.
Visual field testing. This test is used to discover if you have any problems with your peripheral (side) vision.
Slit-lamp examination. This is used to look at the various structures inside your eyes to determine if there are any abnormalities that require professional attention. Slit-lamp exams are instrumental in diagnosing many ocular diseases.
Cover test. This simple test determines how well your eyes work in conjunction with one another and is helpful in detecting conditions such as strabismus and binocular vision dysfunction.
Intraocular pressure testing. This test is used to measure the level of pressure inside your eyes and is a good indicator as to whether you have or are at risk of experiencing glaucoma.
Our team will be happy to explain every element of our eye exam to you and answer any questions that you may have.
Eye exams can be used to detect a range of ocular and even general health diseases and chronic conditions. These include:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Cancers of the eye
- Color blindness
- Corneal abrasions
- High blood pressure
- Thyroid disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Sickle cell disease
Precisely how often someone should have a comprehensive eye exam largely depends on their age and current eye health. Close monitoring of your eyes is essential since even a slight change in their health or your ability to see clearly can have serious consequences. For example, even marginally blurred vision can cause eye pain, headaches, balance problems and more.
In most instances, patients are recommended to attend a yearly comprehensive eye exam. This allows us to effectively monitor your eyes and spot any developing problems early on before they can significantly affect your vision. However, if you have been experiencing issues with your eyes, we may ask to see you more often. If you aren’t sure when your next eye exam should be, our team would be happy to advise you.
If you would like to schedule your comprehensive eye exam, get in touch with our expert eye care team today by calling our family eyecare offices in Worthington, OH.