Did you know that eye exams are not only for individuals who have trouble seeing or who wear glasses. In fact, we encourage everyone to seek regular eye exams in order to ensure that they are seeing their best, their eyes are comfortable and there are no signs of underlying disease.
A complete eye health exam involves 3 main components:
1. Eye Function Testing
The first part of our eye health exam involves making sure both of your eyes are working well together. We will test for various functions including your eye movements, colour vision, peripheral vision, and how your eyes respond under various lighting conditions.
2. Sight Testing
This part of the eye health exam is what most people recall – it’s when your optometrist asks, “what’s better, 1 or 2”. However, it’s important to recognize that there is a lot more involved in this process. Using various techniques and advanced technology, the doctor will diagnose any vision related conditions and discuss the option that would be most suitable for correcting you vision – glasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery.
3. Eye Health
The last part of the eye health exam will involve a close evaluation of the health of your eye. Via a procedure called tonometry, the doctor will measure the pressure in your eye. Next, the optometrist will use a special microscope and various lenses to get a magnified view of your eyes and surrounding lids. This will allow the doctor to identify any eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. It will also help identify any health conditions that you may be suffering from (ie. diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer)!
Remember, a large number of eye diseases have no symptoms in the initial stages – but they can progress and cause irreversible vision loss. However, many of these can be treated upon early detection. The only way to identify them promptly is by having your eyes tested annually.