Periodic eye exams by an Ophthalmologist are essential for maintaining eye health by detecting and preventing disease.
Some diseases, such as glaucoma, develop over a period of time without causing pain and patients may not notice that anything is wrong until significant and irreversible damage has already been done.
Early diagnosis and detection of eye diseases can allow for a choice of treatment options and reduced risk of permanent damage to the vision.
Who should get an eye exam?
You should see an ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam one to three times every year, depending on their age, family history, risk of eye disease and overall physical condition.
Older adults are often at a higher risk for age related eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Even if your eyes are healthy, you should still have a regular eye exam to detect any problems as soon as possible and begin necessary treatment.
What happens during an eye exam?
An Eye MD like Dr. Manjoney can perform a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate the overall health of the eye and detect any changes that may indicate a vision disorder. During an eye exam, Dr. Manjoney will evaluate your eyes for refractive errors, as well as common eye conditions such as:
- Diabetic eye disease
- Refractive problems of the eyes
This is done through a series of comprehensive eye tests that examine all aspects of the eye, including refraction, glaucoma testing, slit-lamp examination, and dilation. Special tests such as visual field testing, scanning laser exam (OCT), topography, ultasonography, and photography may also be done, depending on diagnosis. All these tests can be performed in the office and are completely safe.
After completing the exam and coming to a diagnosis, Dr. Manjoney will develop a treatment plan based on the findings.