Many eye conditions are asymptomatic, making their early detection a challenge. That said, having a comprehensive eye exam routinely is an effective solution to this problem. For your understanding, let IlluminEyes Vision Care discuss what happens during one.
Taking Your Medical History
Heredity plays a crucial role in establishing your risk of having a certain ocular disease. You are more likely to have cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and similar conditions if any of your relatives have had them as well. This is why we often start a comprehensive eye exam by taking your medical history.
Your reliable eye doctor may ask about any vision irregularities, medications, surgeries, or procedures you have had which may affect your current eye health. We may also ask the same about your family members. If you have undergone ocular treatment in the past, we advise bringing related documents on your scheduled visit.
Performing Eye Tests
We will then prepare some eye tests based on your history. Most of the time, this may include a visual acuity test wherein we will cover one of your eyes and have you stand at a distance. While doing so, we will ask you to read a series of alphanumeric lines. This helps us determine your eye sharpness and check if you have any signs of refractive errors.
If your expert eye doctor identifies underlying light-bending problems, we may perform refraction and retinoscopy tests. They help us establish the severity of the visual error, serving as our guide in determining the proper lens power and type for you. We may have you undergo more definitive procedures as necessary.
Explaining Your Test Results And Our Recommendations
We’ll then discuss your test findings and our suggested management. We believe a complete understanding of your condition helps establish trust and promotes your cooperation in the treatment process. If we were able to confirm refractive errors, for example, we will explain how using prescription contact lenses or eyeglasses can improve your eyesight. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have. We will also remind you when to return for your next checkup, ensuring the continuity of care.
Regular eye exams help in the prompt identification and management of underlying eye conditions, maintaining your stable eye health for a long time. Call us today at (603) 598-1620 or complete our form to schedule an eye exam for you or your family. We see patients from Nashua, Hudson, and nearby NH areas.