What to Expect During Your Next Eye Exam
Come prepared! Our staff will review vital details in preparation for your comprehensive eye exam. Your personal and family health history and a record of current medications will be reviewed. Also, in order to establish your eyecare needs, as well as which lenses will be ideal for you, details about your daily activities will be reviewed. Many of the doctor’s recommendations come from how you use your eyes on a daily basis.
It’s very important to know that a comprehensive eye exam is not just a vision screening. Remember the eye test with the tiny letters you took at school or to renew your driver’s license? That’s a vision screening. A vision screening isn’t enough! If you’re wondering what the difference is between a vision screening test and a comprehensive eye exam, a vision screening only indicates a potential need for further evaluation. Even the most sophisticated vision screening tools, administered by the most highly trained screeners, can miss many eye or vision disorders.
Nearly all Americans believe their eye health is important, many don’t think they need an eye exam if their vision is clear. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Whether you’ve worn glasses for many years, or have had 20/20 vision your entire life- optometrists can detect more than 270 serious health issues. Your doctor of optometry may detect early signs of conditions or diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, Graves’ disease, autoimmune disorders, cancer and tumors. In fact, getting a comprehensive eye exam is the only way to visualize the blood vessels behind the eye for issues without an x-ray, CT scan or invasive surgery.
Since many vision issues show no obvious signs or symptoms, the only way to truly get the “all-clear!” is by seeing a doctor of optometry for a comprehensive eye exam. You will also partake in preliminary tests such as depth perception, color vision, eye muscle movements, peripheral or side vision, and how your pupils respond to light.
If you need a standard eye exam or more in depth examination for ocular abnormalities, call (269) 414-4492 today or click below to schedule an appointment with an experienced optometrist benefitting Edwardsburg, MI and the surrounding areas. Our commitment to patient satisfaction means you’ll get service and care that’s customized with your best vision in mind.