Comprehensive Eye Exams
Eye exams examinations are an important part of health maintenance for people of all ages. During your comprehensive eye exam, our doctors do much more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. They check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. According to the American Optometric Association, all adults should have their eyes evaluated yearly to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease.
What’s the difference between a vision screening and a comprehensive eye exam?
Vision screenings are general eye tests that are meant to help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. Screenings include brief vision tests performed by a school nurse, pediatrician or volunteers. The eye test you take when you get your driver’s license renewed is another example of a vision screening.
A vision screening can indicate that you need to get an eye exam, but it does not serve as a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam and screenings often miss vision issues.
A comprehensive eye examination is performed by an eye doctor and will involve careful testing of all aspects of your vision. Based upon the results of your exam, your doctor will then recommend a treatment plan for your individual needs.
Treatment plans can include eyeglasses or contact lenses, eye exercises or surgery for muscle problems, medical treatment for eye disease or simply a recommendation that you have your eyes examined again in a specified period of time.