A comprehensive eye exam includes standard vision tests and other specialized tests to evaluate the health of your eyes and your vision.
These are a few examples of tests typically included in a comprehensive eye exam:
Tonometry: tests pressure inside your eyeVisual field test: measures your peripheral (side) visionVisual acuity test: tests the smallest letters you can read on a standard chartSlit lamp exam: uses a binocular-like magnification device to examine the outside and inside of your eyesDuring a comprehensive exam, your doctor at UltraVision dilates your eyes to examine the blood vessels, optic nerve, and other structures inside your eye.
When your eyes are dilated, your doctor can see early signs of problems long before you begin to develop symptoms. This means that conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic neuropathy can be identified and treated before they lead to vision loss.
When should children have their eyes examined?
Regular vision screenings usually begin between the ages of three and four. Your child’s vision should be checked again when they enter school or they turn five years old.
After the age of five, children’s vision should be checked every year to be sure they don’t develop problems as they grow. If a routine screening shows a potential problem, your doctor at UltraVision performs a comprehensive exam.
When should adults schedule routine eye exams?
If you’re not in the habit of routine eye exams as a young adult, you should schedule a baseline examination when you reach the age of 40. At that age, early signs of many age-related eye diseases are visible.
The recommended eye exam schedule for healthy adults is:
18-39 years of age: eye exam every 5-10 years
40-54 years of age: eye exam every 2-4 years
55-64 years of age: eye exam every 1-3 years
Age 65 or older: eye exam every 1-2 years
If you have any health conditions that affect your eyes, such as diabetes, or you have a family history of glaucoma, your doctor at UltraVision may recommend more frequent exams.
It’s also a good idea to schedule an appointment when you notice any change in your vision, if your eyes are red, dry, or itchy, or you see flashes of light or ongoing floaters.