An eye exam is a full eye health check. This encompasses two main aspects, the physical health of the eye itself─internally and externally─as well as the function of the eyes’ vision system. Often an individual’s overall health can have an impact on the eyes and this is all taken into consideration when one undergoes an eye exam. Many eye health issues can develop with minimal or no symptoms until the condition is quite advanced complicating treatment and permanently effecting vision. An Optometrist can often detect issues and conditions in the early stages treating the issue and/or referring the patient on to an Ophthalmologist for further care. By having regular eye exams you are ensuring optimal eye health.
Optometrists also assess the vision system of the eye. They are able to perform a wide variety of tests, when necessary, to analyze various aspects of vision such as depth perception, colour perception, ability to focus, and peripheral vision. Prescriptions for visual correction may be issued if visual problems are encountered.
Eye exams for health are performed by ophthalmologists and optometrists. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors specializing in the eyes and optometrists are medical professionals trained to perform eye health examinations and to identify various diseases and conditions and if necessary refer the patient to an ophthalmologist. These examinations can detect conditions and diseases that can compromise your general health, vision or both. Conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal issues, and even diabetic symptoms are looked for and evaluated during an eye health exam. These conditions, left untreated or unmanaged, can lead to serious health problems and can result in blindness.
Depending on an individual’s age and health, a full exam is recommended every 1-5 years. Please feel free to contact us to book an appointment.