Preserving your vision and maintaining good eye health starts with a focus on prevention and early detection of any problems. Comprehensive eye exams are recommended for people over the age of 60, those with sudden changes in visual acuity, or people who have risk factors for certain eye problems.
To maintain the best possible vision, it’s important to attend regular eye exams with experienced, knowledgeable optometrists. Our board-certified optometrist Dr. Kruti Shah offers diagnostic and therapeutic eye care.
Scheduling routine eye exams is important to help us identify any concerns early, and avoid more costly, complex procedures down the line. If you are over the age of 60, or have experienced sudden changes in your vision, it may be time for an eye examination. By evaluating your eye and retina as a whole, we can also help you manage other conditions, such as those related to diabetes.
What to Expect During Your Exam
When you arrive for your eye exam, our doctors will begin by reviewing your medical history and discussing any concerns you might have. Next, we will perform a number of standard tests that can include:
- Reading from a Snellen eye chart to test visual acuity.
- Visual field tests to measure your eye movement and peripheral vision.
- Colorblindness tests that may indicate if eye health problems are affecting your color perception.
- Tonometry tests to measure eye pressure and check your risk for glaucoma.
Additionally, Dr. Lalin or Dr. Shah may perform an ophthalmoscopy. During this procedure, the doctor will dilate your eye using special eye drops. This will allow him to inspect the retina, the back of the eye, the optic nerve head, and other structures of the eye using a special microscope. This detailed view will help doctors spot early signs of infection or disease that would normally go unnoticed. During your exam, we may utilize a number of educational tools, including eye models and computerized imaging, to help explain eye conditions and other concepts relating to your vision. We believe that the more you learn, the more you can relax and become involved in your own ongoing eye health and care.
Early Detection Can Prevent Serious Issues
By scheduling routine eye examinations, we can identify early signs of many common issues. When a disorder like glaucoma is left untreated, it can lead to significant vision problems and possibly even blindness. Comprehensive eye examinations can diagnose a number of common eye conditions such as:
When diagnosed early, these conditions and others, can be managed and often be cured.