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Focusing on Comprehensive Eye Exams

Each May, eye care professionals throughout country participate in Healthy Vision Month. When did you last have a comprehensive eye exam? Getting your eyes tested regularly is one of the best things you can do to make sure your vision remains strong and healthy. During your session, your optometrist checks your eyes, making sure you're clear of frequently occurring vision problems and eye diseases, several of which lack early warning symptoms. This is very different from a sight test, which only assesses the vision, and can miss problems with eye coordination as also miss eye disease. 20/20 vision does not mean healthy eyes!

The session will start with what's known as a visual acuity test, which uses an eye chart to measure how your vision behaves at different distances. The outside of your eye will also be assessed.

When your tests have concluded, your eye care professional will proceed to squeeze drops on the surfaces of your eyes. This dilates your pupils, which helps to run the thorough internal examination of your eyes. It will take about 20 - 30 minutes until the drops take effect. A specialized magnifying instrument is then used to check your eye's interior, especially your retina. This is very important, as it will provide crucial information about the health of your eyes, as well as information regarding your overall health. To give an example, it can show signs of diabetes and also indicate abnormal blood pressure.

After the examination, your pupils will stay dilated until the effect of the drops wear off, and this can make your eyes quite light-sensitive, so take sunglasses along to minimize glare and light on your drive home. Next, you'll be examined for signs of glaucoma. This is done by measuring your eye pressure, using a quick puff of air directed straight onto your eye.

Now is the time to protect your vision. Make your eye health a foremost concern, and remember to schedule an eye exam today.