A comprehensive eye exam is so much more than “which is better one or two”. Although determining a patient’s proper refraction (eyeglass prescription) is definitely important, a full evaluation of eye health is also performed. This means yes, my friends, you need to have your eyes dilated. Using both modern technology and old fashioned evaluation techniques, we are often able to detect eye diseases at the earliest stages. Many eye diseases do not have obvious symptoms in the earliest stages by having a comprehensive eye exam you are safeguarding your eyes and even your overall health. Ocular diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and non symptomatic retinal detachments can be discovered. We ask questions about your general health, and through your eyes, we can even detect systemic diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. This is why we often say the eyes are the windows of the soul.
Most adults and children should have a dilated comprehensive eye exam every one to two years. If you have existing eye problems or health issues, more frequent visits may be recommended. Likewise, if you wear contact lenses on a regular basis, more frequent visits may be necessary to ensure good cornea health and properly fitting contacts. Children should have their first eye exam by the time they’re six months old to identify potential problems that occur soon after birth, then again by age three, and then again before kindergarten to make sure learning activities won’t be hampered by vision problems. Although vision screenings are an excellent resource, they do not replace the need for a comprehensive eye exam with your optometrist.
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