Comprehensive Eye Exams
We recommend a comprehensive medical eye evaluation for a person who has not recently been examined by an ophthalmologist or who is seeing us for the first time. Recommended intervals between exams vary with age and risk factors.
A thorough exam can reveal not only common abnormalities of vision and related structures, but also less common but extremely serious problems, such as ocular tumors. One can also reveal evidence of systemic diseases with ophthalmic manifestations that could lead to serious illness or premature death.
To prevent or minimize vision loss, regularly scheduled exams are important, even for patients without known ocular conditions, since we often diagnose and treat disease in its early stages.
With appropriate intervention, patients with, or at risk for such potentially blinding diseases as glaucoma, cataract, and diabetic retinopathy often have favorable outcomes. Studies reveal that 40% of legal blindness in nursing home residents, whether in urban or rural communities, could have been prevented or improved by appropriate ophthalmologic care.
The impact of eye disease on public health is significant. Vision plays an important role in mobility, preventing falls, and preventing disability. Cataract surgery in older drivers subsequently reduces their rate of motor vehicle accidents. Treating ocular disorders and improving vision also enhances mental health, everyday activities, and overall satisfaction in life.