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What Goes Into a Routine Eye Exam?

Apr 18th 2015 at 11:02 AM

Most people have had an eye exam at least once or twice in their life. For those who require corrective lenses, the frequency is likely pretty normal. For those who don’t, however, chances are going in for an annual checkup is not at the top of their to-do list. It should be, however.

Why Are Regular Appointments Important?

The typical recommendation is that people have their eyes checked by a licensed eye doctor at least once a year. For those with certain medical conditions, the frequency might be greater – even if vision problems are not in the picture.

Going in for a routine exam when vision is 20-20 might seem like overkill, but it can be very important. These exams are designed to not only detect slight changes in vision and dole out prescriptions, but also to gauge whether eye conditions are developing. Silent conditions, such as glaucoma, can sneak up on people and lessen their vision before anything can be done about them. Routine eye exams simply deliver an edge in protecting the long-term viability of vision.

What Takes Place?

For those who have never gone to a routine eye exam, the undertaking might seem a little intimidating. After all, eye doctors use all sorts of unique machines and tools to help them in their jobs. There’s no cause for alarm, however. Eye exams are on the whole totally painless and the information they provide can be sight-saving.

Here’s what goes into a typical eye exam:

· A check for visual acuity to see if corrective lenses might be necessary

· A check on eye muscle control, coordination and strength

· A check of how well pupils respond to light

· An evaluation of the risk for glaucoma

· A look at the eyelids

· A peak inside the eye to gauge overall health – don’t worry, this doesn’t hurt

· A check on peripheral vision

Eye exams generally don’t take all that long and the information they can provide may very well save sight down the road. If it’s been a while since your last exam, be sure to schedule one soon. Even if you don’t need glasses, routine checkups can be sight savers!

About Author

The Eye Center is the leading refractive practice in South Carolina, providing full service eye care and specializing in Refractive Surgery – Epi-Lasik, Thin Flap Lasik, AST, PRK CK, PRELEX, as well as Corneal Transplant and Cataract Surgery.

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