Why Eye Exams Are A Necessity
Regular eye exams are important in protecting you and your family’s eyesight. An exam allows your doctor to detect any changes that may occur in the front of the eyes. This portion of the exam will help the doctor determine if alterations need to be made with your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription. The doctor will also look at the back of the eyes (the retinas) to check the health and make sure they aren’t damaged or showing signs of disease. Many eye diseases, if detected early, can be treated successfully.
Regular eye care can uncover both eye and systemic (entire body) problems. If these problems are left untreated, there is a risk of disability, suffering, and loss of productivity. The goal of an eye exam is to avoid or minimize adverse effects on the eye and vision. It will also help identify any potential problems early on, to prevent the possibility of vision loss.
There are various retinal diseases and conditions of the eye which result in loss of vision. Regular eye exams are important to your eye health in detecting any of these diseases.
There are also diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure which can be discovered by examining the eyes. Side effects of drugs may also be observed during eye examinations. Again, early detection is the key factor in treatment and sight preservation.
What To Expect From An Eye Exam
The Eye Associates provide friendly, fast, and comprehensive eye care. Eye Exams are used by Optometrists and Ophthalmologists to ensure your eyes are healthy and functioning properly. A few of the tests we use to assess your eyesight are:
- Visual Acuity Tests
- Color Blindness Test
- Cover Test
- Ocular Motility (Eye Movements) Testing
Tests can take between a half hour to an hour, so schedule your eye exam today.
How Are Eye Exams Different at The Eye Associates
Our doctors take the time to listen to your vision concerns and then tailor your exam to ultimately give you the best vision possible.
How Do I Prepare for an Eye Exam?
There isn’t really any preparation needed for your routine eye exam. Of course, if you’ve been noticing any changes in your vision, you will need to relay that information to your Eye Associates doctor. Otherwise, if you wear contact lenses or glasses, bring them to your appointment. You’ll need to remember any history of eye disease in your family. Plus, tell your eye doctor any medications, allergies, and other conditions.
How Long Does An Eye Exam Take?
Eye examinations performed by one of our eye doctors typically take less than one hour. However, if you are having a dilated eye exam which is a more comprehensive compared to our regular vision exam, patients can expect to be at our office between an hour and an hour and a half.
How Much is An Eye Exam?
The cost for an eye exam can vary depending on your insurance provider and the type of eye exam needed. For more information, we invite you to call our office so we can provide a customized price range for what you can expect to pay for your eye exam.
Are There Questions I Should Ask During My Eye Exam?
Our team at The Eye Associates will engage you fully and give you an idea of the tests we’re performing and why. We’ll also discuss changes in your prescription and why these may be occurring.
We will cover these issues, but these are five questions that should be covered:
- Am I at risk for developing an eye disease?
- What tests are we doing today?
- How should I monitor my eye health?
- How often do I need a comprehensive eye exam?
- What lifestyle changes can I make to prevent or reduce my risk for developing eye diseases?
What Changes With My Vision As I Age?
As with most things about our bodies, our vision changes with age. Some age-related eye changes, such as presbyopia, are almost universal and aren’t related to any sort of disease. Cataracts are considered to be an age-related disease, but again, they are so common with people over the age of 60 that they are really just normal occurrences.
Unfortunately, there are some age-related eye diseases that occur more frequently as the years pass. These conditions include macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
Here’s a timeline of common vision changes by the decade. Things don’t really change until we hit 40.
- 40s – Presbyopia becomes almost universal sometime after we turn 40. This means our eyes have trouble with near vision focus. Hello, reading glasses. The risk of having dry eye or computer vision syndrome increases now, too.
- 50s – Risks increase for cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Often these show no symptoms until damage is already done. This is why it’s important to have eye exams at least every two years. Dry eye increases, especially with women exiting menopause.
- 60s – Risks for the above-mentioned eye diseases increase significantly. Your ability to see in low lighting decreases. You will develop and seemore floaters and spots in your vision, especially when looking at a blank background such as a clear blue sky. You need to have physicals every year to check for problems such as diabetes that can lead to eye problems. Also, while just about everyone develops protein globs in the interior of their eyes that create shadows on the retina (floaters), if they develop suddenly, that’s a problem that needs instant attention.
- 70 & 80s – By this point, research shows that four out of five seniors either have cataracts or have already had corrective surgery. Surgery to replace the clouded lens is the only treatment, and it is around 99% successful. Color vision declines. We also lose some peripheral vision by this time — the loss can be up to 30 degrees.
Is it Time For Your Eye Exam?
Contact Information and Testimonials
Contact our Meridian Office at 208-342-5151 or our Caldwell Office at 208-459-0717 to set up an appointment today! Or fill out our form in the sidebar to schedule an eye exam in Boise, ID and we will get back to you quickly.
When I went in to The Eye Associates for an annual eye exam, I can not tell you how surprised I was to find out that I had cataracts in both eyes. I thought I just needed a new eyeglass prescription. They told me that they were the fast growing kind and that I should have surgery right away…I have realized that Boise does not have an inversion/smog problem after all. I am very happy to report that I now have 20/20 vision in both eyes, without glasses, and that is something I have not been able to brag about in over 20 years.
I would really like to thank Dr. Kent, his staff at The Eye Associates, and at Eagle Eye Surgery Center for making what could have been a dire situation, one that I can now look back on and smile.
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