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What You Can Expect From An Eye Exam

Sep 6, 2007
A lot about your health can be revealed from a regular eye examination. Having an eye examination once or twice every year is important in helping to protect your vision. Regular exams not only uncover high blood pressure, diabetes and other health related problems, it also helps assess your eyes' overall health condition and on whether or not you need any vision correction, therapy or treatment.

A typical eye exam won't take much of your time as this could last only for about 30 minutes or so. You eye doctor will begin with a case history as he will ask from you information regarding your vision like if you have vision related problems, health, medication and other information as he reviews your medical background.

The eye doctor will conduct an examination of the internal and external parts of the vision system using several tests and various medical instruments. He will examine your retina, blood vessels, pupil, optic nerve, muscles, lens, cornea, eyelids, conjunctiva, eyelashes and iris. The eye doctor will make an assessment as to the overall health condition of your eyes and will examine for any possibility of visual related problems like cataracts, glaucoma or corneal diseases. He will also be looking into possible eye problems caused by age, injury or disease. The eye exam can also on a limited scale detect diseases like hypertension, diabetes and neurological diseases.

Tests will also be conducted to check if your eyes can see clearly, have the ability to focus and on whether prescription for corrective eyewear is at all necessary. Tests will also be conducted for binocular function which will determine if you eyes have the ability to work together whether at near or far distances. Tests on peripheral vision, depth perception and vision clarity at varying distances are also conducted.

After a thorough examination, your eye doctor will make a diagnosis and will lay out a treatment plan if necessary. Necessary treatments such as prescribed corrective eyewear or vision therapy will be recommended to intervene with any eye and health related conditions.

Choose your eye doctor wisely to ensure that you are getting top quality eye examination. Get an overall feel of the eye doctor and see if he performed the tests skillfully. Technological advances continue every year and eye doctors now are more equipped with the right tools and equipment to provide the best vision care for their patients.
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