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Posted on 03-21-2018
A comprehensive eye exam will take about an hour and involve a variety of tests. At Erie Optical in Mentor, Ohio, Dr. Robert Waldman has over 35 years of experience assessing the eye health of his patients.
In a visual acuity test, patients will read an eye chart to determine how well they can see. During a cover test, an optometrist determines if the eyes are aligned. An ocular motility test sees how well your eyes can follow an object, which may impact reading ability and cause eye strain. They also check for color blindness, which can indicate the presence of eye disease in older patients. An eye doctor will look to see if any eye diseases are present, with the help of pupil dilations and up-close examinations of the eyes.
Afterwards, your optometrist will know everything about your eyes- from the glasses prescription you may need to any possible conditions they will treat.
Optometrists both check for visual acuity as well as eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and detached retinas.
Eye exams change as a person gets older. Younger children need good eyesight in order to perform their best in school. They will also be tested to see how well their eyes work together and track objects.
Older adults need to check their eyes more frequently because they are at a higher risk for contracting eye disease. Conditions like glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy increase drastically as a person ages. After the age of 60, preserving your vision becomes even more important.
Annual eye exams are critical to your continued eye health. A skilled optometrist has the tools to detect and manage a myriad of eye diseases and other conditions, which are definitely easier to treat and manage when they are discovered early. Prevention, through comprehensive eye exams, is crucial.
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