- Have you noticed that your vision might not be as great as it used to be?
- Has it become a bit harder to read, or have you found yourself squinting more and more?
- Has it been several years since you had your last eye exam?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then it’s time for you to get an eye exam. We have “Comprehensive Eye Exams” as well as “Standard Exams.” The latter is a way to determine whether or not you are in need of eyeglasses and frames.
Despite the name, there’s nothing “standard” about it. Indeed, this test can find out quite a bit more than just if your eyes need to be checked out. Here at L’Optique, our eye exam can find out if there are any problems that you need to be aware of. Additionally, our professionals can put together the best plan for you going forward.
Eye Exam Detection
We all know when something’s wrong with our vision. One day, your vision is worse than you remember, your headaches, or something similar – when something serious occurs with our eyes, we know immediately. It’s hard to miss. However, with an eye exam, you can potentially head off these emergencies. Instead of having to suffer some kind of eye disease or malady, an exam can work as preventative care. That way, our L’Optique professionals can find out what’s wrong and possibly fix it before something bad occurs.
Many eye exams or other eye problems build up over time. Unfortunately, our eyes are one part of our body that it’s difficult to check if there’s something wrong with them outside of a medical setting. There’s no equivalent to using a scale to check your weight, or something similar. Sure, you can tell if your eyes are working properly or not, but it’s far more difficult for the layperson to tell if there’s something wrong with their eyes when their vision isn’t yet impacted.
Malignant eye melanoma, thyroid eye disease, and others – these maladies don’t just appear one day. The signs are often there, building over time. But, until and unless your vision decreases, you may not be able to tell. That’s where our eye exam comes in. We can perform a standard yet thorough eye examination, checking your eyes out entirely. That way, we can find out if there’s something wrong before your vision is impacted. That way, we can solve problems and propose solutions before disaster strikes.
Examines your Eye and More
When your vision is blurry or begins to decrease, most of us assume there’s something wrong with your eyes. This makes sense: we use our eyes to see, we’re having a problem seeing, hence the problem must be with our eyes. However, that’s not always the case. For example, blurred visions or even blindness can be caused by quite a few factors, one of which is diabetes. Diabetes is almost invariably associated with diet, weight, high blood sugar, and the like.
That’s just it: elevated levels of blood sugar can potentially damage blood vessels. You have blood vessels all over your body, including inside your retina. When those blood vessels are damaged, your eyes are also impacted. While we may think that our vision is separate from the rest of our body, the truth is that everything is connected.
So, a person who may be diabetic or even pre-diabetic could experience lessened vision as a result. This is just one of the many problems that we’ve found through one of our eye exams. By letting our patients know what we’ve found, they can take action to rectify the problem. The earlier any of these problems can be caught and dealt with: diabetes, retinal damage, or anything else, the better. That way, they can be handled before things get worse.
How the Test Works
Most of the tests that we consider “standard” are to determine if you need eyeglasses, and if so, what kind of eyeglasses might be right for you. Additionally, they cover how healthy your eyes and vision are. When you come to L’Optique, you’ll always be with a medical professional who’s done this before. We know that no one exactly looks forward to going in for eye exams. So, we do everything in our power to make the process as relaxing and simple and possible.
We’ll go over several questions with you, just trying to figure out exactly what’s going on. If you have any vision problems or even concerns, we’ll want to hear about that first thing. Be sure to let us know how long this has been going on if they’ve worsened or gotten better recently, as well as anything that you think might be influencing that, one way or the other.
Our eye exam includes charts, reading off progressively smaller letters and numbers. This will help us to determine how your vision is doing. You can try doing this on your own, but it’s best in the presence of one of our optometry professionals. We have different lenses available so that we can find which (if any) are right for you. The last thing we would ever want is someone to purchase eyeglasses if they didn’t need them. So, if your vision is too good for eyeglasses, contact lenses, or anything else, we’ll let you know.
More than Charts and Frames
Of course, this kind of exam takes far more into account than just the eye charts. Peripheral vision is important, so we’ll test that as well. Additionally, we’ll see how your three-dimensional vision is as well. Your eye muscles are just that: muscles. Some of these muscles may not get used all that often, but they’re critically important to your vision and health. So, we rigorously check them out, just to see what kind of shape they’re in. From there, we can figure out exactly how to help.
We check your eyes in all of the ways that you can’t do at home. That means that we’ll examine the dilation of your pupils, the iris, conjunctiva, cornea, eyelids, sclera, and more. To see if glaucoma or other problems have begun, we’ll perform several tests there as well. This examination isn’t really a “pass or fail” kind of thing; rather it’s to determine just how good your vision and eye health is. With that knowledge, you can make the best decision for your future.
People ask us: “when should I get my eyes checked out?” If you’re between the ages of 20 and 39, you don’t have to do it all that often. Once every few years or so is fine. Of course, if you already might have vision concerns, then you should do so more often. If you wear glasses or contacts, yearly exams are probably a good idea. Once you hit 40, it becomes more important to get your eyes checked out. Every couple of years is a good idea, and then more often as you age. As we age, eye diseases and other problems become more common, no matter how well we take care of ourselves.
The last thing you want is some kind of eye problem to sneak up on you, or to otherwise go undetected. With our eye exams, standard, comprehensive, and otherwise, we can make sure that we find problems ahead of time. These exams are just one more way that we can help our customers. There are other eye exams available too at our vision center.
We’re even able to help more than your eyes. You can check your vision; improve your looks and your life, all by scheduling a consultation with us. When you give us a call, one of our experienced medical professionals will talk to you about your overall goals. From there, we’ll figure out the right way to proceed.