A vision screening, while important, is not the same thing as an eye exam. Our Sunset District optometrist, Dr. Edward Soss, wants you to understand the importance of having a yearly comprehensive eye exam and why there is more to it than simply testing your vision. An eye exam is a thorough checkup of your overall eye health. You will be screened for such common visual concerns as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. But in addition, you will be tested for eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration and the key parts of your eyes- such as your eyelids and eye muscles- will be examined to determine if there are any abnormalities that need to be addressed.
Vision screening alone is fine for deciding if you need corrective lenses and it is most certainly part of an eye exam. If you already wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, our Sunset District optometrist will find out if your current prescription is still doing well for you or if you need a more updated one. Remember, your vision needs change over time as your eyes change, and your prescription needs adjustments to keep up with that. What you don’t get with a simple vision screening, though, is a physical examination of your eyes and checking for signs of disease or concern. You might think to yourself, “Hey, my eyes feel fine. I don’t need to worry about eye diseases.” But many common eye diseases form and advance without any symptoms. This is why it is so vital to have your eyes examined every year. Treatment is most effective when such diseases are caught in their early stages.
What many people don’t realize, also, is that an eye exam can be helpful to your overall health too. The blood vessels in your eyes offer valuable clues to what is going on elsewhere in your body. Our Sunset District optometrist may be able to detect the possibility of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes during the course of a routine eye exam. It is obvious, therefore, that a complete eye exam is of much greater value to your than a mere vision screening. Why not call us today and schedule an appointment?