A comprehensive eye exam is about more than just testing your vision. It’s a necessary step to protect your eye health and the best way to detect eye problems like glaucoma and macular degeneration while they’re still easily treatable. That’s why the team of experienced optometrists at Your Two Eyes Optometry in Berkeley, California, provides comprehensive eye exams to patients of all ages. For a comprehensive eye exam, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
It’s true that one purpose of an eye exam is to measure your visual acuity, or how sharply you see, and whether you need corrective lenses to treat refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism. If you’ve never needed to wear glasses or contact lenses, you may not think it’s necessary to get an eye exam.
In fact, there’s far more to your eye health than corrective lenses. Everyone should get regular eye exams because they’re the best way to detect problems with your eye health and treat them in their early stages.
Many diseases that lead to vision loss, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, only cause noticeable vision changes and symptoms after they’ve progressed. Often, this means you’ve already experienced irreversible damage to your eyes. That’s why you should get eye exams regularly, rather than waiting until you see changes to your vision.
An eye exam usually lasts at least an hour. It consists of a series of tests to evaluate your vision and eye health. These tests include:
Depending on the results of your eye exam, your optometrist may refer you to an ophthalmologist or another specialist.
You don’t need to prepare too extensively for an eye exam, but you can help your optometrist by having the following information on hand:
It’s a good idea to write down everything you want to tell your optometrist. It can be surprisingly easy to forget to mention things during the appointment, even symptoms you’re currently experiencing.
You should also prepare for your pupils to remain dilated for up to a few hours after your exam. You can expect to be much more sensitive to light than usual and have a harder time seeing in detail, so you may find it hard to read. To minimize any resulting difficulties, bring sunglasses to wear afterward and arrange for a ride home if you’re uncomfortable with driving.
Call Your Two Eyes Optometry or use online booking to schedule a comprehensive eye exam today.