Why Routine Exams Matter & What to Expect

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 Time

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 Problems

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 Health

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 nerve.

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 test 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.