Life is busy and caring for yourself is rarely at the top of the list, but annual eye exams are incredibly important. Optometrists use them to detect eye diseases before permanent vision loss occurs, and they can even be integral for identifying undiagnosed systemic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Davich Optical in Los Angeles encourages patients to make their eye health a priority at every age.
How often are eye exams recommended?
Adults over age 61 or those who wear glasses or contact lenses should see their eye doctor at least once a year, while adults with no vision problems can see their eye doctor every other year, according to the American Optometric Association.
What does the eye doctor screen for?
The optometrist is looking for a variety of conditions or red flags during the exam including:
- Increased intraocular pressure
- Changes in the vessels inside the eye
- Vision problems
- Dryness or irritation
- The condition of the corena
Regular eye exams can also help identify cataracts, refractory errors, presbyopia, glaucoma, dry eye disease, diabetes, macular edema, muscular problems (like lazy eye), and more.
What’s the difference between nearsightedness and farsightedness?
Patients who are nearsighted have trouble making out objects in the distance, while farsighted patients struggle to see objects close up with clarity.
How can patients prepare for their eye exam?
Patients can prepare by writing down their questions, concerns, and symptoms in advance; bringing a list of their prescriptions and supplements with them; and bringing their current glasses, contacts, or prescription with them.
Is a prescription required to purchase glasses and contact lenses?
In most cases, yes; the optometrist provides the patient with a copy of their prescription before they leave. As a matter of fact, Davich Optical provides the exam, lens prescription, and sells frames through their full optical shop to provide maximum convenience for busy patients.
Patients who require only reading glasses can buy them without a prescription, but contact lenses -- even colored contacts -- are classified as a medical device by the FDA and always require a prescription.
What can patients expect at their eye exam?
First, the patient checks in at the reception area and may have to confirm their address, phone number, or other demographic information. Then they’re brought back to the exam room, where they meet with a technician and provide information about their medical history and any vision-related symptoms they’ve been experiencing lately. Next, the eye doctor performs the eye exam using a variety of different tools and equipment to evaluate the patient’s vision and eye health. Finally, the doctor educates the patient on his or her findings and explains their treatment plan, along with any relevant prescriptions.