Just as it is important to visit your medical doctor for a yearly check-up it is equally important to have routine eye examinations with your eye care specialist on a regular basis. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure may require you to see your eye doctor more frequently to ensure your vision is not decreasing due to your physical health. Notable risk factors include a higher rate in the development of Glaucoma for African Americans that are over the age of 40, heredity or history of eye disease in your family or even some prescription medications may affect your vision.
Glaucoma as an example is referred to as “The Silent Thief” because it slowly robs you of vision until detected by your eye care specialist during a complete examination. Cataracts also tend to go unnoticed because the symptoms occur slowly and over a period of time. Your vision with cataracts will began to gradually decrease and you may find you are changing eyeglass prescriptions more often. Once diagnosed by your eye doctor the cataracts can be safely, quickly and painlessly removed for good.
Dr. Snead suggests that you make good vision as much a part of your health plan as you would your scheduled visits to your doctor or dentist. Healthy vision promotes a healthy lifestyle.
What to Expect During Your Eye Exam
Whether you are here for a routine visit or as the result of a vision problem, rest assured your exam will be thorough. Beginning first with OPD test, most patients start here in the work-up process, especially if cataracts might be present. The OPD Wavefront system uses the most advanced digital technology available to better evaluate your unique vision needs. Should you need cataract surgery, the OPD technology will assist you and your surgeon when choosing the best lens implant for you.
Your next step will be with one of our skilled technicians, where they will perform a series of tests to determine your current vision. These tests will include a refraction, used to determine the amount of corrective lens power needed to obtain your best vision, and other important tests to begin your overall assessment.
Dilating your eyes will be the last step before seeing the doctor. This process can take approximately 20 minutes, and enables the doctor to see into the back of your eye in order to check the retina, the macula, and other internal structures. From this point, your doctor will be able to present you with the best treatment options to guarantee your best vision possible.