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You depend on your vision for just about every daily task you undertake, and so it’s important to take steps to protect the health of your eyes as well. If you’ve never had trouble with your vision, it may not occur to you to schedule an eye exam, and that’s particularly true if you receive occasional vision screenings at work or school. There are many good reasons to visit our Odessa eye doctor at Grandview Eye Site to have your vision thoroughly evaluated. It’s never a bad time to begin making a habit of getting annual eye exams.
Many schools and some workplaces offer free vision screenings on a regular basis, and these are an excellent way to detect certain specific and significant vision issues. They are not comprehensive eye exams, however, and they don’t provide a full picture of your eye health. Vision screenings also aren’t administered by an optometry professional, which is why it’s still important to schedule a routine eye exam even if you’ve always passed your vision screenings with flying colors.
When you visit our eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam, we’ll perform a range of tests to evaluate all aspects of your vision. We’ll usually begin with a basic acuity test, which generally involves some version of the standard eye chart you’re used to seeing in your doctor’s office. The specific tool we use varies depending on the age of the patient, and we’ll use it to evaluate vision at various distances.
We also test to see how well your eyes work together to focus on objects, and this is particularly important in children, as their eyes are still developing. Other tests measure your peripheral vision, your intraocular pressure, and your perception of color. The peripheral vision and intraocular pressure tests are important for detecting glaucoma in its early stages, which allows us to treat it before significant vision loss occurs.
In addition to evaluating the nature of your vision, we’ll also use a slit lamp to examine the structures within your eye. This lets us observe the delicate blood vessels found there, which themselves can provide insight into your overall health, and that can help us diagnose things like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and more.
For children, in particular, having regular eye exams performed by our professional optometrist is essential to ensuring they have the tools they need to succeed in school and other extracurricular activities. Children may not be able to describe symptoms of vision issues they’re experiencing, and they may not realize where there are deficiencies. It’s also important to note that children’s eyes change as they grow, and so a child who had excellent vision in preschool may wind up needing glasses later on.
For adults, regular eye exams are important because they allow us to catch signs of vision and other health issues early, making treatment outcomes much more likely to be positive. Many age-related vision diseases are treatable, but the sooner that treatment is started, the better.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call Grandview Eye Site, your choice Odessa optometrist, today at (432) 367-5600.