While your vision may be clear, many eye conditions can go unnoticed until they have caused irreparable harm.
During your annual eye exam at our La Jolla, CA, practice, we can screen for signs of any vision complications in their earliest stages.
How can an eye exam benefit you?
Eye Exams Can Be Critical to Your Ocular Health
Protect Your EyesightLeft untreated, conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts can slowly impair your vision and eventually cause blindness. Regular eye exams are critical to ensuring intervention when your vision is at risk.
Address Vision Changes
Many patients suffer from headaches and eyestrain because they do not have the right prescription to address their vision issues. Exams allow the doctor to ensure you have the proper prescription.
Diagnose Conditions Early
When conditions such as glaucoma are detected early, they can be controlled. Regular eye exams can help you avoid vision loss and the need for costly advanced treatment.
Regular Eye Exams Can Protect and Maintain Your Vision
Periodic eye exams are an important part of maintaining good vision. Most patients should undergo an eye exam every one to two years, depending on their age, current vision health, and other risk factors. With regular eye exams we can also monitor for changes in your vision and ensure that your prescription contact lenses or glasses are up to date. To learn more about the importance of eye exams, or to schedule your next appointment, please contact our office today.
Our state-of-the-art practice can help you maintain excellent vision.
Why Do I Need an Eye Exam?
Regular eye exams are important at any age. For children, these exams can help detect vision impairments that can inhibit learning. In adults, regular exams can help to maintain your vision and treat and manage more serious conditions. If you wear prescription contacts or glasses, we recommend a yearly examination to monitor for changes in your vision. As your vision continues to change, we can update your prescription so you can see clearly. If you do not require a prescription and are under the age of 40, we may recommend you schedule an eye exam every two years.
Most patients should undergo an eye exam every one to two years, depending on their age, current vision health, and other risk factors.
Once patients reach the age of 40, we recommend annual exams. Many eye conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma, typically do not present any symptoms at first. An annual exam can allow us to detect these conditions before symptoms are apparent, and to determine a management strategy.
What Will Happen During My Eye Exam?
During your eye exam, your doctor will assess your vision and evaluate your internal and external ocular health. This includes testing for cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal issues. We will also check your pupil reflexes, color vision, peripheral vision, and your depth perception. To assess your vision from varying distances, you will read letters from an eye chart.
We evaluate intraocular pressure by blowing a quick puff of air onto the surface of the eye. This test can reveal signs of glaucoma. We then use a slit lamp, or an illuminated microscope, to check your eyes for cataracts. Other tests are used to evaluate your eye muscles, pupil reflexes, depth perception, and color and peripheral vision. We also perform a retinoscopy, which is used to determine your corrective lens prescription, if needed.
If you wear contact lenses or want to wear them, your eye exam may also include a lens fitting. During the lens fitting, we measure the diameter, curvature, and refractive correction of the lenses to ensure a proper fit. We offer a range of contacts to accommodate patients with various eye conditions, such as astigmatism, dry eyes, or those who require bifocal lenses.
Benefits of Our Advanced Technology
Our advanced diagnostic equipment allows for more efficient eye exams. We now take digital photos of your retina, which allows us to avoid dilating your pupils. Pupil dilation resulted in hours of sensitivity to light. Now when you leave our office midday, you do not have to feel blinded by the sun. Our other diagnostic equipment helps us determine your prescription for contact lenses or glasses. Coupled with our on-site lab, this allows for shorter appointment times and eyeglasses prepared the same day.
If you are past due for your regular eye exam, or if you are noticing changes in your vision, contact GW Eye Associates today to schedule an appointment. You can depend on us to conduct an accurate assessment of the state of your ocular health.