What Does Comprehensive Eye Care Include?
Much like going to the dentist, having your eyes checked is an important preventive step in your overall health. When you go to the eye doctor regularly, you can address issues before they become significant. This allows your eye doctor to quickly tailor a treatment plan and help you maintain healthy vision before it becomes worse. But what’s included in a comprehensive eye exam? Here’s what you can expect from our team here at our Boston area locations.
Review Your Health History
Your appointment will begin by talking with your ophthalmologist about your health history, especially regarding any vision or eye health conditions. Make sure to come prepared with a list of any medications you’re taking, as well as a family history of health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. If you’ve been experiencing any symptoms with your eyes or vision, come with details about how often you experience them, what circumstances cause them to arise, and any other specifics you can gather.
Measure Your Vision
Your ophthalmologist will test your visual acuity by having you read letters off a chart across the room, either with your current vision correction or without. You’ll also read letters up close – these tests measure your close-up and far-away vision and can help determine if either type is worsening. If so, your ophthalmologist will use a specialized device to measure the specific lens correction needed for perfect vision.
Test Your Eye Movement
Your ophthalmologist will test your eye movement and focus to check for any problems with the anatomy and function of your eyes. They can also detect any problems with both eyes moving and functioning in sync with each other. This is typically very easy to complete and involves following a moving object help by your ophthalmologist.
Assessing Your Eyes
A specialized instrument that allows your ophthalmologist to see inside your eye is used to assess the many different anatomical parts. Your ophthalmologist will look at your corneas, lenses, retinas, and more to check for any concerns. This is completely painless and allows your ophthalmologist an in-depth look at the inner anatomy of your eye.
Completing Digital Scans
Creating digital scans of your eyes allows your ophthalmologist to track any changes over time. Your ophthalmologist will take pictures of the back of your eye, called the retina, where they may be able to see the beginnings of various eye diseases that affect this delicate structure. If your ophthalmologist notices any concerns, you’ll discuss your treatment options.