Posted March 17, 2011
When did you last have a complete eye evaluation? Often individuals put off scheduling an eye exam because their vision seems fine to them. Besides, life is busy, and it is difficult to find time to get away from work or family responsibilities to visit the eye doctor.
Not surprisingly, regular comprehensive eye examinations are important to maintaining good vision throughout life. This evaluation is more than a vision screening; it is a complete review of the health of your eyes.
During a comprehensive eye exam, the eye doctor and vision professionals will review the following:
- Medical history – provide details on personal and family health history, eye injuries or vision and eye problems, such as visual pain, flashes of light or spots or lines that appear distorted or wavy; list all prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and home remedies
- Distance and near vision – an evaluation to identify any concerns of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia
- Tracking of your eyes – assessment of how your eyes track or work together
- Eye pressure – examination of the optic nerve to identify glaucoma or other eye disease concerns
- Interior eye – evaluation of the muscles, nerves and tissues inside the eye; to identify early signs of eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration
How often do you schedule a comprehensive eye evaluation? — Ken VanCleave, Ameritas Group