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Our Friendly Eye Specialists Provide Thorough Eye Exams
Just as it’s important to visit your medical doctor for a yearly check-up, it’s equally essential to visit your eye doctor for an annual eye exam. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure may require you to see your eye doctor more frequently to ensure your vision isn’t decreasing due to your physical health. If you’re looking for an eye specialist for your next eye exam in Florida, Snead Eye Group has offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, and Naples. Dr. Snead suggests you make scheduling visits with an eye doctor as much a part of your healthcare plan as visiting your doctor or dentist. Maintaining healthy vision promotes a healthy lifestyle. Reach out today to book an exam!
Why Are Annual Eye Exams Essential to Your Healthcare?
During an eye exam, your eye doctor will shine bright lights on your eyes and have you look through various lenses to test your vision and evaluate your eye health. Eye examinations help doctors diagnose vision issues in their earliest stages when they’re the most treatable. Some patients may need to visit our Florida eye doctors more frequently for eye exams than others. Notable risk factors include a higher rate in the development of glaucoma for African Americans over the age of 40, heredity or history of eye disease in your family, and some prescription medications that may affect your vision over time.
Glaucoma is often referred to by eye specialists as “The Silent Thief” because it slowly robs people of their vision until it’s detected during an examination of the eyes. Cataracts also tend to go unnoticed because their symptoms occur slowly over time. Your vision with cataracts will begin to decrease gradually. You may find you’re changing eyeglass prescriptions more frequently. Once diagnosed by your eye doctor, cataracts can be safely, quickly, and painlessly removed for good with cataract surgery.
What Should I Expect During an Eye Examination?
Whether you’re here for a routine visit or as the result of a vision problem, rest assured your eye exam from Snead Eye Group will be thorough. Your eye examination procedure will begin with an OPD test. The OPD Wavefront system uses the most advanced digital technology to evaluate your unique vision needs. Should you require cataract surgery, OPD technology will assist you and your surgeon when choosing the best lens implant. The next step is a series of vision tests with one of our technicians. These tests may include a refraction test, which is used to determine the amount of corrective lens power needed to obtain your best vision. The last part of your eye exam may include dilating your eyes so the doctor can see into the back of your eye to check the retina, macula, and other internal structures.
Are There Different Types of Eye Examination Procedures?
There are several eye examination procedures your eye doctor may utilize to evaluate your eye health, including any of the following:
- Visual Acuity Test – This is the part of your eye exam measuring how clearly you can see. You will read letters printed on a chart, one eye at a time. These letters get smaller the further you go down the eye chart. This test helps determine if you are nearsighted or farsighted.
- Eye Muscle Test – An eye muscle test measures the muscles responsible for eye movement. Your doctor will ask you to follow a moving object or light with your eyes. This test looks for signs of muscle weakness or poor coordination.
- Refraction Assessment – Light waves bend when they go through your eye’s cornea and lens. A refraction assessment determines if you have a refractive error. We can correct refractive vision errors with glasses, contacts, or refractive surgery.
- Visual Field Test – A visual field test determines if you have difficulty seeing objects to the sides without moving your eyes. Tests measuring your peripheral vision can be manual or automated. You will tell the eye doctor whenever you see the object or light move into your visual field.
- Color Vision Test – Color vision tests feature multicolored dot patterns. If you do not have a color deficiency, you should be able to make out shapes and numbers in the patterns. Red-green color blindness is usually present at birth, while blue-yellow color blindness may be caused by glaucoma or optic nerve disease.
How Should I Prepare for an Eye Examination?
Preparing for an eye exam appointment depends on which type of eye specialist you are visiting. An optician only fills prescriptions for eyeglasses and sells contact lenses. An optician doesn’t offer eye health exams. An optometrist offers complete eye evaluations, prescribing corrective lenses and diagnosing and treating various eye diseases. If you have a more complex eye disease, you may need to visit an ophthalmologist for specialized treatment or eye surgery.
You will want to bring your current eyeglasses or contact lenses and a copy of your prescription to your eye exam. You may also want to bring a pair of sunglasses in case your eyes need to be dilated during the exam. Your eye doctor will also want to know about your medical and vision history, including any recent health issues and a list of medications you take. The length of your visit may vary according to how many tests you need, but most eye exam appointments require at least an hour.
How Often Are Eye Exams Recommended for Adults & Children?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests children should have their eyes examined before entering kindergarten. If you notice anything amiss in their eye development before that (lazy eye, cross-eyes, misaligned eyes, etc.), you can take them to an eye specialist sooner. Healthy adults without vision problems should plan to get an eye exam around the age of 40 because that’s when vision changes become common. Adults 60 or older should have their eyes examined every 1-2 years. If you wear glasses or contacts, have a family history of eye disease or vision loss, have a chronic condition such as diabetes, or take medications with eye side effects, you may need to get your eyes examined more frequently. Your eye doctor will determine the appropriate eye exam schedule for your needs.
Schedule an Appointment for an Eye Exam at Snead Eye Group
Is it time for an eye exam? If you live in sunny Southwest Florida, Snead Eye Group has several convenient locations to serve your family’s vision needs. Rest assured, our experienced eye doctors will present you with the best eye treatment options to guarantee your best vision possible. Reach out to schedule an appointment with our eye specialists today!