If you think eye exams are only for those with vision problems, you might be surprised to learn that everyone from the age of six months to past retirement should consider routine eye exams for various health reasons. During eye exams, your optometrist will check for various eye problems and determine the quality of your vision.
It doesn’t take much time to get a routine eye exam – usually less than 30 minutes unless we see something that indicates additional testing should be done. We begin by talking with you about the reason for your visit, whether it is routine or if you are having any issues of concern. If you are experiencing any problems, we like to know how long they have been occurring and if any changes to your vision were gradual or sudden. You should bring any current corrective lenses with you if you are a new patient, so we can advise you if there has been a change.
Eye exams include looking at both the outside and inside of your eyes. The interior exam is accomplished with an ophthalmoscope and often digital retinal imaging that lets us check your optic nerves, retina and blood vessels. The retina is the only place in the body where we can see the arteries and veins without muscle, skin and tissue covering them. It is a great chance to get a peek at your cardiovascular health. Nothing about eye exams results in any pain to you whatsoever. Some of the things that may be included in your exam are a test of your field of vision, eye movements, eye coordination, depth perception, color vision and a test for glaucoma.
Eye exams can often indicate other health concerns, and early detection is in your best interest. Getting a jump on treatment for eye diseases while you are young is a valuable way to overcome some problems that could go unnoticed otherwise.
If you live in the Newmarket, ON area, comprehensive eye exams are available with us at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry. Give us a call to arrange an appointment. We treat your family like our family!