Regular eye exams are an essential part of preventive health care. Since many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms, routine exams help maintain good vision and eye health, and when possible, prevent vision loss. In addition, various medical problems – including diabetes and high blood pressure – are detectable during an eye exam.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends the following occur during a comprehensive eye exam:
- Chief Complaint – An assessment of the patient’s reason for getting an eye exam.
- General Physical Health History – A complete health history to screen for physical conditions and medications that may affect eyesight.
- General Ocular Health History – A complete eye health history including family history of eye conditions, disease or medication.
- External and Internal Eye Health Evaluation – An examination for the signs of eye disorders, including cataracts and other eye disorders.
- Current Prescription Analysis – An evaluation of current lens prescription, if applicable.
- Visual Acuity – Test for the eyes’ ability to see sharply and clearly at all distances.
- Refraction – Test for the eyes’ ability to focus light rays properly on the retina at distances and close by.
- Tonometry – Test to measure internal fluid pressure of the eye (increased pressure may be an early sign of glaucoma).
- Visual Coordination – Check for external eye muscle balance and
- Accommodative Ability – Test of the eyes’ ability to change focus from distance to near.
Schedule an eye exam for better overall health and discuss any questions regarding eye or vision conditions with your eye doctor. Learn more on vision wellness and how to maintain good eyesight.
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