You're probably familiar with the old expression, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." While this saying holds true in practically any medical circumstance, it's especially applicable when it comes to preserving your eyesight. If you want every member of your family to escape permanent vision loss from eye diseases and/or enjoy optimal vision correction for refractive errors, then you need to take proactive measures to head those problems off at the pass. Regularly-scheduled comprehensive eye and vision exams are the most important step you can take to keep those eyes seeing as they should. Here at Urban Optics, we're proud to offer this essential preventative care service for College Station TX.
Different Eye Exams for Different Stages of Life
Your eyes change and develop, just as the rest of you does, throughout your lifetime. This means that our evaluations must accommodate the specific needs of each stage of life. In small children, for instance, we emphasize evaluations of eye health and function, since any impediments to eye-brain coordination at this stage could have a lasting impact on visual development, ease of learning, physical coordination and school performance. We perform key pediatric exams at 6 months, 3 tears, and 5 to 6 years of age. Older kids and adults should ideally have annual eye and vision exams to help us catch and correct problems as early as possible. Seniors may need even more frequent exams if they're currently struggling with age-related issues such as cataracts or macular degeneration.
Why Annual Eye Exams Matter
You may be wondering why most healthy adults should have annual eye and vision exams, even in the absence of any vision loss or other symptoms. The frightening fact is that eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration can do progressive, irreversible damage very gradually -- over such a long period of time that you don't notice any dramatic changes in your vision. By the time symptoms drive you to see our optometrist in College Station, you may have already suffered permanent vision loss. Annual exams make it easy for us to detect problems as they're just beginning, giving us the chance to stop or slow them through early treatment.
What to Expect From Your Eye Exam
A comprehensive eye and vision exam covers every aspect of your ocular health and wellness. Just as you might expect from a general physical exam, our eye exam includes a review of your medical history and discussion of any symptoms or vision changes you may have been experiencing. We will then proceed to the three major stages of the exam:
- Eye function testing- A series of tests can show us how well your eyes are focusing, tracking and teaming, as well as how rapidly you can respond to visual signals. Our optometrist in College Station TX can also evaluate your peripheral vision, color vision, eye alignment and eye dominance.
- Eye health testing- Dilating your pupils allows us to see large portions of the interior of each eye, including the blood vessels, optic nerve and retina. This is an invaluable technique for catching lurking eye diseases. We can also use a slit lamp to examine the front of each eye in close detail. Measurements of your eyes' internal fluid pressure can alert us to potential glaucoma.
- Vision testing- The standard eye chart used for vision testing displays lines of text in multiple sizes. By reading these lines as best you can, we can see whether you're having problems with specific distances. We can then have you read the lines again, adjusting lens settings on a phoropter until we have your corrective lens prescription.
Let Urban Optics Protect Your Eyesight
Let Urban Optics protect your eyesight for many years to come. Call (979) 690-0888 today to schedule an eye exam!