It’s important to schedule regular comprehensive eye exams with your eye doctor. These exams go beyond just checking your vision and can help detect early signs of eye diseases and other health issues.
What Are The Limitations Of A Vision Screening?
While a vision screening can provide some information about your vision, it has several limitations compared to a comprehensive eye exam performed by an eye doctor.
Vision screenings are conducted by individuals untrained in eye health.
Vision screenings are offered in many places – schools, health fairs, as part of a work physical or for a driver’s license. Even if your physician conducts the screening, he/she is a generalist and only has access to a certain amount of eye health training. Most individuals don’t have the tools or knowledge to give you a complete assessment of your vision or eye health.
Vision screenings use inadequate testing equipment.
In some cases, a vision screening is limited to an eye chart across the room. Even when conducted in a physician's office, they won’t have the extensive testing equipment of an eye doctor. They also won’t be aware of nuances such as room lighting and testing distances all of which are factors that can affect test results.
At Modern Eyes, your optometrist will evaluate your vision, check for any refractive errors like nearsightedness or farsightedness, and go more in depth about the health of your eyes. We may also perform tests to evaluate your eye muscles, depth perception, color vision, and peripheral vision. Our optometrist may use specialized equipment to examine the inside of your eyes and check for any abnormalities.
What Are The Benefits Of A Comprehensive Eye Exam?
Comprehensive eye exams evaluate all aspects of your vision and eye health.
Our team of eye doctors will look at your eye externally and internally for any signs of eye disease, then tests your vision in a variety of ways:
External Exam – This is an evaluation of the whites of your eyes, the iris, pupil, eyelids, and eyelashes.
Internal Exam – This is an evaluation of the retina and optic nerve while your eyes are dilated.
Visual Function and Eye Health – This includes testing depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision, and the response of the pupils to light, as well as an evaluation of eye focusing, eye teaming, and eye movement abilities.
Comprehensive eye exams look at your total health history.
Even though you visit a separate office for your eye health, that doesn’t mean your eyes shouldn’t be treated holistically. Our eye care team will discuss your overall health and that of your immediate family, any medications you’re taking, and whether you have high blood pressure or diabetes. They’ll also want to know if you smoke and how much sun exposure you get. All these factors help the eye doctor properly assess your eye health.
Don’t wait until you experience symptoms or vision problems to schedule an eye exam. Contact one of our Green Bay offices today to schedule your appointment!