Comprehensive eye exams are the first line of defense against vision loss and other eye-related health problems. At Lake Orion Vision, the team of optometrists offers comprehensive eye exams to people of all ages, from children to adults. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Orion, Michigan, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member, or book a consultation online today.
Comprehensive eye exams are a type of routine screening procedure used to diagnose, treat, and prevent conditions that negatively affect your eyes and vision. Many eye-related health problems present few obvious symptoms early on. Regular check-ups can alert your provider to potential problems when they’re most responsive to treatment.
The Mayo Clinic recommends all children undergo their first eye exam between the ages of three and five. Adults with no vision problems can schedule a comprehensive eye exam once every five years, while adults over 40 should have a comprehensive eye exam once every other year.
There’s no special preparation required for a comprehensive eye exam. However, you should make a list of any prescription medications, vitamins, or nutritional supplements you take regularly.
On the day of your appointment, make sure to bring a pair of sunglasses. During your appointment, your provider dilates your eyes, which makes them especially sensitive to sunlight.
At Lake Orion Vision, comprehensive eye exams take 30-45 minutes. At the beginning of the appointment, your provider takes a complete eye history and asks about your overall health, family history, and any corrective methods you use like eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Next, your provider does a refraction test. During this type of test, you look through a special device with different lenses. Your provider asks you to read an eye chart across the room, which helps to pinpoint specific vision difficulties.
Afterward, your provider uses special eye drops to dilate your pupils. Dilating your pupils makes it easier for your provider to see the back of your eyes. Your Lake Orion Vision provider also:
A comprehensive eye exam also presents an opportunity to build a relationship with your eye doctor. Feel free to ask questions or discuss concerns.
If the team at Lake Orion Vision determines that you have impaired vision, such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism, they develop a custom treatment plan. Wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses can improve your eyesight and your quality of life.
If you have an eye infection or a chronic condition like dry eyes or macular degeneration, the team can prescribe eye drops or other medications, refer you to specialists, or schedule follow-up appointments as necessary.
Comprehensive eye exams can protect your vision for years to come. Schedule an appointment at Lake Orion Vision today, call the office, or book a consultation online.