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How Often Should You Get an Eye Exam?

How Often Should You Get An Eye Exam?
Meghan Schiffer, OD

An ocular wellness exam is recommended annually. This means all patients, regardless of whether he or she wears glasses, should be seen once a year for an eye health check up. During a wellness exam, the optometrist will assess more than just a prescription for glasses.

How is my visual acuity checked?

Visual acuity is the measurement of a patient’s best vision with or without glasses. Perfect visual acuity is referred to as “20/20”. For patients who need glasses in order to see 20/20, a test called a refraction is done to determine the appropriate prescription for glasses. Binocularity (how the two eyes work together) is evaluated to be sure the two eyes are coordinated and working together properly. This is especially important for children who use their eyes for learning. It is also imperative for all patients working on a computer regularly.

What does the eye doctor look for?

The optometrist will assess the front of the eye using an instrument called a slit lamp. She will look for signs of dry eye, corneal disorders, and evaluate eyelid health. Then, the back of the eye will be assessed. The doctor will look for any signs of macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diabetes. A dilated eye exam will allow the doctor a complete view of the retina.

What else can I do to protect my eyes?

At Optix, an iWellness screening test is offered and recommended by the optometrist once a year. This technology scans the back of the eye, allowing the doctor to identify signs of retinal or optic nerve disease.

 

Your optometrist may recommend you return more than once a year for an exam if you are diagnosed and followed for an ocular condition such as dry eye , macular degeneration , or glaucoma.

After the eye exam, it is time to choose the perfect glasses. The optometrist may have prescribed special lenses to protect your eyes against glare, excessive sunlight, and damaging blue light which is being emitted from our computers and smart devices. She will communicate this information with our licensed opticians who will direct you in choosing the right glasses for you.

Make an appointment with our Optometrists today for your ocular wellness exam.

Meghan Schiffer, OD

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