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Why Routine Exams Matter & What to Expect

national eye exam month

August is National Eye Exam Month. We are passionate about
helping to educate our patients so that they can enjoy the benefits of healthy
vision throughout life. One of the simplest yet most important things you can
do to protect your vision is routine comprehensive eye exams.

Routine Comprehensive Eye Exams are important because…

Monitor Health Over

Seeing your eye doctor regularly, as recommended, is an
effective way for your eye health to be monitored over time. Exams at regular
intervals begin to show patterns or progression of potential vision problem
risk factors.

Early Detection of

Even if you aren’t yet exhibiting symptoms, your eye doctor
may be able to detect vision problems or disorders early in their development.
This can help in faster, more effective treatment. It’s a good idea for
everyone to get a dilated eye exam. A dilated eye exam can detect glaucoma,
retinal issues, macular degeneration, and dry eye.

What you can expect at a comprehensive eye exam at ReFocus Eye

The exam typically includes:

  • Dilation
  • Tonometry
  • Visual field test
  • Visual acuity test

Dilation allows
your doctor to view the inside of your eye. By using specialized drops, your
eyes are dilated and the doctor is then able to use a magnifying lens to see
tissues at the back of the eye, including the retina, macula, and the optic

Tonometry is
often known to people as the “puff of air” test. This allows your doctor to
detect elevated pressure within the eye, which may indicate glaucoma.

A visual field test shows
your doctor how well you are able to use your side vision, also known as
peripheral vision.

The visual acuity
is also administered. Your doctor will ask you to read an eye chart
which helps them determine your ability to see at various distances.

As we age, the risk increases for developing vision problems
such as eye disorders or diseases. If you are over the age of 40, diabetic,
have been diagnosed with an eye disorder, or currently have eyeglasses or
corrective lenses, it’s recommended that you have annual exams. If you are
under the age of 40 and do not have any known vision problems, it’s typically
recommended that you have an eye exam once every two years.

Everyone is unique. Be sure to speak with your eye doctor
about your personalized eye care recommendations.