A comprehensive eye exam evaluates the overall health of your eyes. This is done by examining your eyes externally and internally, testing for various eye diseases, and assessing your visual function. These exams are designed to unearth any potential problems that could affect your eye health or vision in the future. Optometrists are equipped with the necessary tools to ensure that your eyes are not just in good health today, but that they remain so in the future as well.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist will conduct both external and internal exams. The external exam involves examining the visible parts of your eye, such as the eyelids, cornea, and iris. This helps detect issues like dry eye, corneal abrasions, or even eye cancer.
The internal exam involves dilating your pupils to get a better view of the inside of your eyes. This allows your optometrist to examine the retina, optic nerve, and other internal structures, which can reveal diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration.
Visual acuity tests measure the sharpness of your vision. This is the "20/20" test you're likely familiar with. Other tests include the cover test, which checks how well your eyes work together, and the retinoscopy, which estimates your eyeglass prescription.
The benefits of regular eye exams go beyond ensuring good vision. These exams can play a crucial role in safeguarding your overall health.
Regular eye exams can detect signs of serious health conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and even brain tumors. For instance, optometrists can spot early signs of diabetes by observing changes in the blood vessels of the retina.
Additionally, comprehensive eye exams can help improve quality of life. Vision problems can impede daily activities, negatively affecting your performance at work or school, and even disrupt recreational activities. Regular eye exams ensure you have the correct prescription, enabling you to perform at your best.
At Market Street Optometry, we pride ourselves on providing thorough, individualized care for each patient. Our experienced optometrists use the latest technology to perform comprehensive eye exams, ensuring that you and your family receive the most accurate results and the highest level of care.
Whether you need a routine check-up or you're concerned about a specific eye issue, scheduling your comprehensive eye exam at Market Street Optometry is the first step towards maintaining your eye health and vision.