You might think general eye exams are just for people who wear glasses or contact lenses. While an exam is important for keeping your lens prescription up to date, it’s also an opportunity to check in on your eye health. If you’re due for an eye exam, schedule an appointment with board-certified ophthalmologist, Kim Doan, MD, and the team at Advanced Eyecare of Orange County in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, California. Call the practice or book online today.
Changes to your vision and the development of eye diseases typically begin slowly, and you might not notice symptoms right away. A routine eye exam allows your eye doctor to check your eye health as well as your visual acuity. If you have any changes, they can prescribe corrective lenses to restore your vision or treatments to protect your eye health.
During your general eye exam, your ophthalmologist runs several tests to examine your eyes and check your vision. Your doctor may begin by testing your eyes for glaucoma with non-contact tomography, which is better known as the “puff of air test.”
They also use a slit lamp binocular microscope to examine your eyelids and the front structures of your eye, including the cornea, conjunctiva, iris, and lens. They can also examine your retina with a special lens and equipment that creates images and scans of the inside of your eye.
Your eye doctor also tests your visual acuity with a Snellen eye chart, refraction, and retinoscopy tests. They evaluate your near and distance vision as well as your ability to distinguish different colors. Your ophthalmologist checks your ocular mobility and how well your eyes work independently and together.
After your eye exam is complete, you can choose glasses and contact lenses if you need corrective lenses to see clearly. Advanced Eyecare of Orange County carries a wide range of brands, including:
The opticians can help you choose frames and lenses to meet your needs and look fantastic.
If you don’t wear corrective lenses, you should have your eyes checked at least every other year. However, if you wear glasses or contacts, you need an annual exam to keep your prescription current. Additionally, as you age, your risk of eye disease increases, so you should have yearly exams from the age of 40.
If you’re due for an eye exam or you’ve noticed that your vision is blurry, call Advanced Eyecare of Orange County or make an appointment online today.