Comprehensive Eye Exams in Garrettsville
A comprehensive eye examination is much more than just a vision screening. In addition to assessing your visual acuity, comprehensive eye exams include a series of tests to evaluate the overall health of your eyes. Regular eye exams are important because by diagnosing problems early, we have the best chance of preserving your eyesight.
Most eye exams include the following:
Background and Health History
Dr. Andrews will ask you questions about your overall health, your eye health history, your work, your family history, and the amount of time you spend using screens. This information will help him determine if preventive eye care is needed.
This test involves reading an eye chart with letters or symbols in descending sizes. Although this is not enough information to prescribe corrective lenses, it does give us an idea of how your vision compares to a person with good (or 20/20) vision.
If your vision is not 20/20, you have a refractive error—farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, or another eye condition that interferes with your vision. Refraction lets Dr. Andrews determine the right corrective lenses for your needs. We use state-of-the-art equipment to measure refractive error.
Eye Focusing and Eye Teaming Tests
This exam allows Dr. Andrews to assess how well your eyes work together and separately.
A comprehensive eye exam includes specialized tests to diagnose diseases and eye conditions inside and outside the eye. The slit lamp test lets us examine the internal and external parts of your eye in detail to identify cataracts, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment. Tonometry measures the pressure inside your eye to test for glaucoma. Finally, pupil dilation gives Dr. Andrews a view of the back of your eye.
Frequently Asked Questions About Comprehensive Eye Exams
Why are eye exams important?
Your eyes and vision are worth caring for, but eye exams are also important for your overall health. One in five Americans say that their eye doctor detected or diagnosed a non-eye related health issue like diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, or autoimmune diseases.
Where is the best place to get an eye exam?
Your best bet for getting a comprehensive eye exam is a private eye care practice like Andrews EyeCare Center, as we can offer you more personalized service. According to a study conducted by the Federal Trade Commission, eye care from private practices is superior to services provided by franchises, chains, and other commercial stores.
Can I do an eye exam online?
While you can do an online eye exam, we don’t recommend it! They may be able to tell how well you’re able to see from different distances, but they’re not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam, which is a complete assessment of your eye health.
Should you get an eye exam every year?
The American Optometric Association encourages patients to schedule comprehensive eye exams on a yearly basis and we agree. Eye exams should be part of your overall health maintenance, just like annual physicals and regular dental exams.