Many eye diseases don’t manifest symptoms until they have progressed. Medical eye exams are important for early detection and treatment of eye conditions.
In today’s post, your local provider of orthokeratology, Eye and Vision Care, discusses what happens during a medical eye exam.
Whatto Expect During a Medical Eye Exam
A medical eye exam will begin with an initial consultation where an ophthalmic assistant or technician will ask about your health status, family history, and the medication you might be taking. Afterward, a series of tests will be performed to examine your eye pressure, muscle function and dryness.
You will then undergo refractometry to determine your current prescription. Dilation can temporarily make your vision blurry so before this test, you will be asked to pick a frame for your glasses if you need any. At Eye and Vision Care, we offer frames in various designs and materials suitable for different vision needs.
Around 15 minutes after the optician puts dilating drops on your eyes and it has taken effect, your eye doctor will conduct the last part of the exam. Using a slit lamp, they will examine the surface of the eye, lens and the retina. The data from the technician plus the findings of your eye doctor will be used to determine your eye health.
The Importance of Medical Eye Exam
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, adults who are 40 should get a complete eye exam. This is a critical age for detecting eye diseases and vision problems. However, you shouldn’t wait until you reach this age before getting a medical eye exam. If you have an existing condition or risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure or family history, it’s strongly recommended that you regularly monitor your eye health.
Schedule your comprehensive medical eye exam with Eye and Vision Care. We offer high-quality lenses and frames tailored to your vision needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our services. We assist patients in Fairfax, South Riding and Haymarket, VA.