Eye Exam in West Chester, Paoli & Kennett Square, PA
What is an Eye Exam?
Scheduling a regular eye exam with an eye doctor at Vistarr Laser & Vision in West Chester, Paoli, and Kennett Square, PA, is important in maintaining eye health. During a comprehensive eye exam, eye diseases or other abnormalities that are not yet causing symptoms can be detected.
What Conditions can be Diagnosed During Eye Exams?
During a comprehensive eye exam, simple refractive errors are detected, and serious eye problems or diseases, including the following, are diagnosed:
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Eye-Tracking Difficulty
- Diabetic Retinopathy
Who Needs Regular Eye Exams?
Even in younger, healthy adults who are asymptomatic, a regular eye exam is essential. Serious medical conditions, such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure, can be detected, allowing patients to seek treatment from an eye doctor early.
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Eye Exam Process
A comprehensive eye exam differs from a vision screening. The latter only tests visual acuity and is commonly performed by a school nurse, optician, pediatrician or other healthcare providers.
What Tests Are Done During An Eye Exam?
In order to evaluate the eyes thoroughly and detect any problems, the following tests are performed by an eye doctor during an eye exam:
- Visual Acuity
- Visual Field
- Retinal Examination Under Pupil Dilation
- Tonometry (Tests Intraocular Pressure (IOP))
- Keratometry (Measures Curvature of Cornea)
Tonometry checks for the presence of glaucoma, and keratometry for astigmatism. All of the above eye exam tests are safe for all patients.
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Possible Eye Treatments
Based on the diagnostic findings of the eye exam, one of the following treatments may be prescribed by your eye doctor:
- Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses
- Medication for Infection or Inflammation
- Vision Therapy
- Vitamins or Other Supplements May Be Recommended
- In Some Cases, Eye Surgery May Be Necessary
Common Refractive Errors Found during Eye Exams
Also known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness, myopia is a condition of the eyes in which nearby objects are clear, and distant objects are blurry. Almost a third of people in the United States have some degree of nearsightedness.
Astigmatism occurs when curvature of the eye is irregular. There are two types of astigmatism: corneal, in which the shape of the cornea (the clear covering of the eye) is irregular, and lenticular, in which the lens is imperfectly shaped. Corneal astigmatism is more common. Astigmatism can result in blurred vision at any distance.
Also known as farsightedness, hyperopia is a condition of the eyes in which the focus on distant objects is better than the focus on objects closer to the eye, making nearby objects appear blurry. The eye is designed to focus images directly on the surface of the retina; with hyperopia, light rays focus behind the surface of the retina, producing a blurry image.
Presbyopia, meaning “old eye,” is a condition in which the eyes lose their ability to focus on close objects. It is considered a normal part of the aging process. Symptoms typically begin when patients are between 40 and 45 years old.
Can Refractive Errors be Corrected?
All of these vision conditions can be effectively treated with either eyeglasses or contact lenses. Corrective lenses may need to be used only during certain activities, such as reading, watching television or driving, or may be needed at all times. To determine which treatment is right for you, schedule an eye exam appointment with an eye doctor at Vistarr Laser & Vision Centers.
- U.S. National Library of Medicine
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Why Get Comprehensive Eye Exams Regularly
Early intervention is crucial in preventing vision loss from a disease such as glaucoma, which may not cause symptoms until significant and irreversible damage has taken place. Early detection of eye problems by an eye doctor gives a patient a choice of treatment options and reduces the risk of permanent damage.
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Vistarr Laser & Vision Centers proudly serves West Chester, Paoli, and Kennett Square, PA with comprehensive eye exams. Call 610-692-8100 to schedule an eye exam with an eye doctor today!