Eye Exams in Huntington Beach & Los Angeles
The American Optometric Association says periodic eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care. We totally agree – an eye exam is an important part of maintaining good overall eye health.
Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist.
Having a regular eye exam with our eye specialists is a critical component in detecting eye diseases or problems in their early stages – a time when they are often still treatable. With regular eye exams, the doctor can sometimes detect a problem before any noticeable symptoms begin to occur.
Get a Routine Eye Exam
Please know that you DO NOT have to wait a year between eye exams.
Regular eye exams should be part of everyone’s health care regimen, especially those who suffer from chronic health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
If you experience any changes in your vision between regularly scheduled visits with your eye specialist, you should call and arrange to be checked as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment of problems can be the key to preventing loss of vision.
A comprehensive eye exam is a great way to ensure you continue to wear eyeglasses or contacts with the right prescription for your eyes. An annual exam is also required to determine one’s candidacy for laser refractive surgery.
In addition to the standard eye exam, specific measurements are taken. Your eye specialist will also look into your health history and discuss lifestyle factors that could affect your laser corrective surgery.
So, whether you need eyeglasses, are suffering from an eye health issue, or are in the market for corrective laser surgery, our doctors will provide the care, guidance and support you need to make the best decision.
Comprehensive Eye Exams
A comprehensive eye and vision examination may include the following tests.
- Patient History: This helps to determine any symptoms you’re experiencing, when they began, the presence of any general health problems, medications taken and occupational or environmental conditions that may be affecting vision. The doctor will ask about any eye or vision problems you may be having and about your overall health. The doctor will also ask about any previous eye or health conditions of you and your family members.
- Preliminary Tests: Preliminary testing may include evaluation of specific aspects of visual function and eye health such as depth perception, color vision, eye muscle movements, peripheral or side vision, and the way your pupils respond to light.
- Keratometry: This test measures the curvature of the cornea, the clear outer surface of the eye, by focusing a circle of light on the cornea and measuring its reflection. This measurement is particularly critical in determining the proper fit for contact lenses.
- Refraction: This test determines the appropriate lens power needed to compensate for any refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism). Using an instrument called a phoropter, your optometrist places a series of lenses in front of your eyes and measures how they focus light using a hand held lighted instrument called a retinoscope. The doctor may choose to use an automated instrument that automatically evaluates the focusing power of the eye. The power is then refined by patient’s responses to determine the lenses that allow the clearest vision.
- Eye Focusing, Eye Teaming, and Eye Movement: These tests determine how well the eyes focus, move and work together. In order to obtain a clear, single image of what is being viewed, the eyes must effectively change focus, move and work in unison. This testing will look for problems that keep your eyes from focusing effectively or make using both eyes together difficult.
- Tonometry measures eye pressure. Elevated pressure in the eye signals an increased risk for glaucoma.
- Evaluation of your cornea, eyelids, conjunctiva and surrounding eye tissue using bright light and magnification. Evaluation of the lens, retina and posterior section of the eye may be done through a dilated pupil to provide a better view of the internal structures of the eye.
- Supplemental testing: This may be needed based on the results of the previous tests to confirm or rule out possible problems, to clarify uncertain findings, or to provide a more in-depth assessment.
Your optometrist will assess and evaluate the results of the testing to determine a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. He or she will discuss with you the nature of any visual or eye health problems found and explain available treatment options.
Contact us today to schedule your next comprehensive eye exam.
- 18632 Beach Blvd., Suite 100
- Huntington Beach, CA 92648
- Optical Boutique
- 6300 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 104
- Los Angeles, CA 90048
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