When was the last time you had an eye exam? Eye and vision exams on patients of all ages (pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric). Getting your eyes examined from a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist — an eye doctor — is the critical first step to getting any kind of prescription eyewear. During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
Eye exams catch diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, even multiple sclerosis. The eye exam may also tell you if you have an underlying issue with vision not correctable by glasses, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or cataracts. Many eye diseases have no early symptoms. They may be painless, and you may see no change in your vision until the disease has become quite advanced. Many patients have found that they are nearsighted or farsighted and didn’t know it because it’s a slow deterioration.
A comprehensive eye exam is so much more than a vision refraction to determine your eyeglass prescription or fit you for contact lenses. Many serious health conditions can first be diagnosed during your annual eye exam, and long before there are any noticeable symptoms. Many vision problems and eye diseases can be treated with early diagnosis discovered during this eye exam.
After your eye exam, we will know your prescription and be able to recommend the type of lenses that you require. Most people need single vision eyeglasses to correct nearsightedness or farsightedness or a multi-focal lens (i.e. bifocals, trifocal and progressive lenses) when there is more than one vision problem to correct.
We take vision insurance and accept eye insurance from many companies, adding yet another way for our patients to save money on your exams and eye wear.
What is a Comprehensive Eye Exam
A comprehensive eye health exam consists of:
Visual acuity is checked using the eye chart to evaluate vision
Vision refraction is performed to determine the best eye glass prescription. Refraction finds common vision related conditions (refractive errors) including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism. Near vision testing to determine need for bifocals or progressive lenses.
Review of your family health history / eye health history
Other testing may include color blindness, eye muscle movement, pupil reaction to light, peripheral and side vision
Intraocular pressure testing and evaluation of optic nerve for signs of glaucoma damage
Examination of the inside of the eye, often performed after dilating the pupil with medication eye drops - expect to have your eyes dilated. Almost always, your eyes will be dilated in a thorough, comprehensive eye exam. This means you will probably experience increased glare, some discomfort, and blurred vision. Bring your favorite sunglasses for comfort.
Adults who are between the ages of 18 and 60, and are considered to be completely risk-free from any vision problems should have eye exams every couple of years or so. However, if you are wearing contact lens or glasses, it is recommended that you visit your eye doctor every year in order to renew your prescription and have your vision screened for any changes.
Your eye completes its growth when you are in the early 20s, and contact lenses and glasses provide excellent vision correction during this time. Although many at this age experience healthy vision, there are some conditions that can still affect your overall eye health. The possibility of being diagnosed with an eye condition, such as presbyopia, becomes more prevalent, while overall eye health starts to face new challenges between the ages of 40 to 59.
Age-related conditions, such as cataracts, may be treated with the right care to allow you to continue living a life of good vision. As you get older, you’re more likely to get certain eye and vision problems.
People who are generally considered to be at risk include people who are suffering from illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, or people who have a family history of any kind of eye diseases. People who have recently been through an eye surgery or who take medications with potential side effects to vision can also be considered to be part of the group of people at risk.
Wohl Optics strongly urges our patients to always follow the recommendations of your eye doctor. If your eye specialist feels that you might be at risk of suffering from any sort of eye issues, they will usually ask you to visit them on a more regular basis than once every couple of years. If it happens that your doctor recommends you to visit more often, feel free to ask them what they are concerned about. Our goal is to preserve your eye health and wellness.
Over 60 years old? See Optometrist Annually
Once you reach or pass the age of 60, you have to start visiting your optometrist at least annually - once every year. As we get older, our eyes become more vulnerable to different ocular diseases, and our vision can rapidly deteriorate if not supervised by a professional.
According to some research, more than 50% of the American citizens over the age of 65 have some degree of cataracts clouding to their ocular lens, and finding this as early as you can means that you won’t suffer from vision loss due to your cataracts. Other diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration become more common as you get older, and also require early detection in order to prevent complete loss of vision.
As you can see, having a comprehensive eye exam is something that you should be doing your entire life. If you are a parent, make sure that your children have healthy and strong eyes so that they will have a much easier and happier life, and once they grow up they will have the habit of visiting optometrists on a regular basis.
About Wohl Optics Vision Care
Proper eyeglass prescription and fit is vital for your best vision. Veteran owned and operated - best in Bucks County Optical and Optometry eye care practice. Direct, personal consultation with the person who is designing, manufacturing, performing quality assurance and dispensing your eye wear.
How could your glasses be better? What situations do you feel give you trouble in your eyeglasses? We are not satisfied unless we exceed your expectations. We hope you’ll drop by to browse, discuss the latest in lens technology, get expert advice, or just to say hello. Talk about music, news, family, or restaurants with Doug Wohl. After all, we are all members of the same local community.