a great life starts with great vision
Your vision is arguably the most important sense you have. Take a moment to think about everything you use your eyes for each day. Your vision is more than how well you see or what your glasses prescription is. The eyes have an infinite number of components, all of which are important to your vision. Family history, diet, habits, medications, and environment call all have an impact on your eye health and vision. Comprehensive and preventative care is just as important for your eyes as the rest of your body. In fact, your eye doctor can sometimes be the first to see signs of a systemic disease. This can include diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and cancer.
how can an eye exam do all of this?
A comprehensive eye exam is far more than checking to see if your vision is 20/20. Your eyes should undergo a thorough examination of your entire visual system.
Clarity of Vision
Visual acuity tells us how clearly the eyes can see at a particular distance. We often think of good vision as 20/20, but this is only one brief component of an eye exam.
Accommodation is the ability of the eye to change focus between distance and near targets. With age, we lose our accommodation and often need bifocals or progressive addition lenses.
Eye Coordination & Depth Perception
Our two eyes work together to help with depth perception. When the eyes do not work together it can lead to double vision, suppression, or lazy eye (amblyopia).
Pupil Reflexes & Peripheral Vision
Checking the way the pupils react to light and peripheral vision function helps look for sight threatening conditions such as glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and tumors.
Glasses & Contact Lens Prescriptions
An accurate glasses prescription is the cornerstone to good eye care. A good prescription lays the foundation to properly evaluate focusing ability, eye coordination, and depth perception.
External Eye Health
Looking under the microscope, the eye doctor looks at the eye lids, eye lashes, cornea, and other external tissues of the eye. Diseases such as dry eyes, high cholesterol and inflammation can be seen during this part of the examination.
Glaucoma is often characterized by high eye pressure. High eye pressure can cause significant damage to the eyes. Often there are no symptoms to damaging high eye pressure.
Cataracts can cloud vision, distort colors, and cause night driving glare. A thorough eye exam can help detect early changes in the lens and help determine when treatment is necessary.
Internal Eye Health
A dilated eye exam is critical to fully evaluating the health of the eyes. This portion of the eye exam looks at the internal structures of the eyes. Eye doctors can see early signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, macular degeneration and more.
Eye exams for all ages
Eye health is important at all ages. The American Optometric Association recommends a child’s first eye exam be scheduled between the ages of 6 months and 12 months of age. Eye exams for school aged children help detect vision related learning disorders before the negatively impact school performance. Adult eye exams can detect systemic diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure, even before you begin to feel the symptoms.
time with your doctor
In a world where insurance companies complicate health care costs and limit your choices, we strive to simplify the process AND provide you with great care! There are many amazing technologies that are helping to revolutionize eye care and detect eye and health problems. This means your eye exam should be as thorough as possible. Many in modern health care have tried to use these technologies to cram in more patients per day. At Modern Heritage Eye Care we purposely work at a slower pace. We spend time with you, answer your questions, and provide you the best technologies at a great value. By choosing Modern Heritage Eye Care you can be confident that you are receiving state of the art, scientifically based eye care in a setting that treats you the way you deserve.
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