Your visual health is an important part of your overall well being, which is why it’s important that you visit your eye doctor for a regular eye exam. While some only visit the eye doctor when we realize there is a problem, this may be too late in some cases. Regular eye exams can help catch disorders in the early stages rather than after the damage has been done. Want to learn more about what happens during an eye exam? Read on below for more information and answers to common patient questions.
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Why do I need an eye exam?
Even if you think your vision is fine, you should regularly see an eye doctor just to be sure. Many eye diseases such as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration don’t show signs in the early stages. Patients who wear glasses or contacts often don’t notice immediately when their prescription needs to be updated. Catching these problems in the early stages makes treatment more effective and reduces your chances of vision loss. Even when you think your eyes are fine, getting a regular eye exam is the only way to know for certain that your eyes are healthy.
At Louisiana Eye & Laser, we see patients of all backgrounds and ages. We recommend that everyone have an annual eye exam. Patients who are older, wear glasses or contacts, have a family history of eye disease, or have an existing eye condition should have eye exams more frequently. We recommend that children begin having regular eye exams after they turn six.
What happens during an eye exam?
Before your exam, your doctor will need to know a bit about your medical history. This may include information specifically about your eyes as well as other general health questions. It will be important to disclose any medications you are currently taking as well as conditions that affect your entire body, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. This information will help your eye care professional determine which tests to administer and how best to treat you.
The actual eye exam is normally quick and painless, with the patient being awake and either standing or seated. Depending on the patient, an eye exam may look different from person to person. Generally, your doctor will first test your visual acuity by asking you to read letters from an eye chart. Your doctor may also use a cover test to better understand how your eyes work together. During a cover test, you may be asked to focus on a small object using just one eye at a time. Another standard test is an ocular motility test, which tests the way your eyes move by having you follow a moving object. There are many other routine eye tests that your doctor may administer, depending on your symptoms and/or patient history. Some of these may involve flashing lights or eye drops. If you have questions about your exam, our highly-trained and professional staff are always happy to help you understand what we’re doing!
What happens after an eye exam?
Immediately after your exam, your doctor will review your results with you and make recommendations for moving forward with your eye care. If you need glasses, your doctor will provide you with a prescription. If your eye exam reveals any abnormalities, your doctor will discuss either further testing or treatment as needed. After this, you get to go about your normal business as usual!
Eye Exams at Louisiana Eye & Laser
We’ve been providing eye exams for over forty years and we’re always happy to schedule new patients. Whether you’re having trouble seeing or if it’s just been a while since you’ve seen an eye doctor, we’ve got you covered! Routine eye exams are an important part of your overall health that can help detect problems you may not even realize you have. Don’t wait – schedule online or by calling or visiting one of our 14 convenient locations to get the clear vision you deserve.
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