Regular Eye Exams Are Essential To Ensure Long-Term Good Vision
No matter what a person’s age, a routine eye exam is an essential part of overall good eye care. During a typical eye exam, an eye doctor or ophthalmologist will typically do more than simply determine an eyeglass or contact lens prescription. An eye care professional will also look for common eye conditions and diseases. In addition, a qualified eye care professional will examine a patient’s eyes to determine the patient’s overall general health.
In many instances, an eye care professional may be the first one to detect high blood pressure or diabetes that are considered chronic systemic diseases. A host of other diseases are also “screened” by an eye doctor during a typical eye exam. Early detection of a wide range of eye diseases is often the best way to prevent and minimize the effects of many different eye conditions. Keeping prescriptions up to date is also an important part of a standard eye exam. Eye conditions and diseases that are detected early can be treated as a way to prevent more serious problems later including partial or total vision loss.
In most instances, an eye care professional will check the blood vessels located within the eye, retina and other parts of eye structure as a way to detect early stages of high blood pressure, cholesterol problems and other health issues. Other serious eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma typically have no early symptoms or signs. With that said, early detection is still the best way to prevent and reduce problems associated with a wide range of eye diseases. The ultimate goal of any eye exam is always intended to avoid partial or permanent vision loss.
Other typical problems an eye doctor will check for include focusing problems, strabismus or crossed eyes as well as other conditions such as binocular vision that can lead to chronic headaches, eye strain and other related conditions. Refractive errors also commonly referred to as nearsightedness, astigmatisms, and farsightedness can also be “screened” as a way to determine the best treatment. In many instances contacts or standard refractive surgery can be used to correct these common conditions. While vision screening is a useful tool there is no replacement for a complete and comprehensive eye exam. Contact Arizona Eye Center today to learn more about the eye care that can help patients maintain healthy vision throughout childhood, adulthood and later years.