COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAMS
While young, healthy patients with good vision only require eye exams once or twice a decade, older patients (past 50 or so) should plan on an eye exam every two or three years. For those with a history of eye problems or disease, your ophthalmologist may require more frequent visits to monitor your vision.
If you experience any changes in your vision between regularly scheduled visits you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Early detection of problems and treatment of problems can be the key to preventing loss of vision.
Comprehensive eye exams for adults may include the following:
- Review of family and personal health history
- Examination of the interior and exterior of the eye for signs of eye disease or general health problems such as diabetes or hardening of the arteries
- Eye pressure and field of vision tests to diagnose glaucoma
- Refraction to determine glasses or contact lens prescription
- Slit lamp examination and dilated examination