At EnVision Eye Care, we strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. Preventative and routine eye exams are important in maintaining good eye health. Eye and vision problems oftentimes do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist during a routine check-up. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, your optometrist is able provide effective treatment options and, in many cases, prevent or even restore vision loss. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends yearly comprehensive eye exams, and our office follows these guidelines by reminding each patient to schedule their annual eye exam.
Eye Exam and Consultation
During an eye exam, a doctor's assistant or technician will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications you are currently taking, instances of blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. Your doctor will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our optometrist provides regular vision acuity testing as part of a comprehensive eye exam. A doctor's assistant or technician will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, your optometrist may prescribe corrective glasses, contact lenses, or even eye exercises.
Eye Function Testing
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam also includes testing eye functionality. Your optometrist performs several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. Several other simple tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable your optometrist to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes' ability to focus or work together. In some cases, your doctor may recommend an evaluation through our office of Vision Therapy.
Dilation and Eye Health
As part of our comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist examines the overall health of the eye through a dilated visual examination and tonometry. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we request to dilate the patient's pupils. Dilation is optional during the examination, but always comes 110% recommended by all of our optometrists and the AOA. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure intraocular pressure (IOP). Your doctor then evaluates eye health by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. After completing these short tests, your optometrist reviews the results and discusses any necessary treatment options with you.