Routine Vision Exams
EyeCare Associates strongly recommends a basic eye exam at least once a year. New guidelines from the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommend that everyone be tested for eye disease once they reach the age of 40. This is a key to early diagnosis which can help prevent vision loss from eye diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts.
During the eye exam, the trained medical staff at EyeCare Associates will perform a variety of tests. They check the visual acuity or the accuracy of the eye to focus, by testing both eyes individually.
To enable the doctors to better see the inside of the eye, they will place a few drops of fluid to dilate the eyes. It takes about 15-30 minutes for the drops to work. This provides for better visualization of the retina (the inside back part of your eye). Vision will be blurry, especially close vision, and will return to normal after the medication wears off.
One of our doctors will also examine the retina, optic nerve, blood vessels and posterior structures of the eye. During the general eye examination, the doctors may perform other tests as necessary, including a refraction. The doctors perform a refraction if the patient has a refractive disorder such as near sightedness, far sightedness, or astigmatism. The doctors accomplish this by placing corrective lenses in front of the patients eyes to neutralize the refractive error. At EyeCare Associates, the ultimate goal is to ensure optimal vision health through thorough medical eye exams.
Schedule a Medical Eye Exam if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Your vision becomes blurry
- You experience difficulty reading street signs or books
- You experience double vision
- You have pain in one or both of your eyes
- You see spots or floaters
- Your peripheral vision is contracting
- You no longer see straight lines
- Your eyes are consistently red