We rely on our eyes for virtually every aspect of our day to day life, and this means that we need to ensure that they are healthy, and our vision is as clear as possible. One of the best ways to ensure that you can enjoy the uncompromised vision and the very best quality of life is to regularly schedule and attend comprehensive eye exams.
Comprehensive eye exams form one of our core services, and we are able to offer this to patients of all ages. Each part of the comprehensive eye exam is designed to provide us with essential information regarding your vision and health. All of our comprehensive eye exams use the highest quality technology available, ensuring that we have the very best understanding of your eyes and how well they are functioning.
A comprehensive eye exam involves many different assessments. Some of these will be given to all patients irrespective of their age, health and current eye condition, whilst others are specialized tests and will only be undertaken where we consider it beneficial or necessary. Some of the assessments that you can expect to happen in your eye exam with us could include:
We will generally begin every comprehensive eye exam with a consultation. This is an opportunity for us to chat with you about your eyes, how you feel they are and if you have any concerns. If we don’t have an up-to-date medical history from you, we will ask you questions relating to this as often there is a correlation between medical conditions and the development of eye problems.
The most familiar aspect of any eye exam for most patients, this is a vision screening to determine how well you can see at different distances. You will be asked to read off of a chart of letters to the best of your ability. If you are found to have a refractive eye error (nearsightedness, farsightedness or myopia), further testing may be carried out to determine what prescription you will need for corrective lenses.
A visual field test looks at how good your peripheral vision is. This is important because any visual field loss could indicate the presence or increased risk of an ocular condition such as glaucoma.
The retina is the patch of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye that is responsible for sending messages to the brain to tell us what we can see. The retina needs a steady supply of blood to keep it healthy, and a retinal exam is used to evaluate the condition of the blood vessels that serve it. Retinal exams can detect issues including high blood pressure and diabetic retinopathy – a complication of diabetes.
The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped lens covering the front part of the eye and is responsible for refracting light onto the retina. There are lots of different problems that can potentially affect the cornea including abrasions (scratches), scar tissue and bulges. A slit lamp is used to enable us to comprehensively evaluate the cornea for any abnormalities.
This test measures the pressure inside your eye. Raised intraocular pressure is often a good indicator of glaucoma – a potentially sight-threatening ocular disease.
Whatever assessments are needed during your comprehensive eye exam will be fully explained to you by our team ahead of them being performed, keeping you informed and in control throughout your appointment.
We look forward to helping you and your family achieve clear, healthy vision. To schedule your eye exam, or to speak to us about any of our other services, please contact EyeCare Center of Martin in Martin, TN today.