Welcome to our information on eye exams, the most common (and the most important) aspect of eye care. We’ll talk about what eye exams are, how they work, and why they're so necessary to maintaining a healthy set of eyes for life. Then we’ll discuss how we do eye exams at Lexington Family Eye Care and why we feel our approach offers the best service and experience to our patients.
What is an Eye Exam?
The Mayo Clinic defines an eye exam as, “A series of tests to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases.” An eye doctor will use a variety of different instruments to perform such tests, such as shining bright lights directly into the eyes, asking the patient to look through an array of lenses, and so on.
Furthermore, an eye doctor will perform a series of tests that involve one-on-one interaction with the patient. The optometrist will test long-distance vision and short-distance vision, depth perception, hand-eye coordination, and so on. Much of this is done merely by interacting with the patient, asking them to read or describe various letters or shapes in different locations of the room, and so on.
Why Get an Eye Exam Once a Year?
There are four main reasons why we encourage an annual eye exam. These are:
- To detect potential eye problems early on (and when they are most treatable too).
- To determine if a patient needs corrective lenses or contact lenses.
- To correct one’s current eyeglasses or contact lenses prescription.
- To give the patient tips on caring for their eyes.
Let’s explore each of these points briefly.
Centuries of eye care technology and wisdom has taught us that the best, most effective, and least invasive form of eye care is preventive eye care. Such means catching eye problems in their early stages, i.e., before they develop into a real and severe medical complication that is not easily treatable.
Drs. Christopher Shewan and Bruce Bachelder at Lexington Family Eye Care believe that the best way to take care of one’s eyes is to quite literally prevent the onset of ocular diseases and ailments such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, conjunctivitis, presbyopia, macular degeneration, and so on. Not all illnesses of the eyes can be prevented, but most of them can either be prevented or at least slowed down/reduced. When patients see their eye doctor once a year, they take wise precautions at preventing the onset of illnesses and diseases of the eyes.
Another valid reason for an eye exam is to determine if a patient needs corrective lenses in the form of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Such exams are often done in one’s childhood or adolescence, but one can notice a need for corrective lenses at any stage of life. An eye exam will provide the necessary testing and consultation with an optometrist to determine which lenses and prescription strength are right for that patient.
Eyesight changes. Just like any other area of the body, one’s eyesight is not going to stay the same for the rest of their life. If a patient is already using corrective lenses or has a family history of eyesight-related maladies or diseases, it would be a good idea to see one’s optometrist once a year to “stay on top” of one’s eyesight. Such wise practices work towards maximum care for the eyes and a lifetime of healthy eyesight.
It’s important to take good care of one’s physical health, and that applies to all areas of the body. During an eye exam, one’s optometrist can provide advice and counsel on best practices for good eyesight and good optometric care in general. Such care can further one’s chances at a lifetime of healthy, functioning eyes.
Our Approach to Eye Exams at Lexington Family Eye Care
At Lexington Family Eye Care, our mission is to foster strong relationships with our patients, getting to know them on a first-name basis, staying in touch with them throughout the year, and ensuring that they always have their questions answered and their concerns ameliorated.
Our most reliable tool for keeping our patients in good optometric health is with our annual eye exams. We make this process comfortable, smooth, relatively quick, and stress-free. We’ll answer all your questions, and we’ll make this visit an educational one just as much as it is a healthy one. We are a locally-owned and operated family clinic will small-town values and beliefs, so we won’t try to up-sell you or put you through processes and hoops that are not necessary for your optometric health or the optometric health of your children or loved ones.
Our goal is ideal eye health for our clients. Nothing more, nothing less. Call our office today to make an appointment for an eye exam with us.
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