Routine Eye Exams for
Long-Term Eye Health
You may think of your eye exam as an opportunity to update your eyewear prescription and pick out a new pair of glasses. And while we love helping patients with these matters, eye exams are so much more than this. They’re actually an essential part of preventive health care.
A routine eye exam assesses your overall eye health, detects common vision problems, tests for common eye diseases, and ensures your prescription is helping you see clearly and comfortably.
Eye exams are also invaluable tools for evaluating your overall health and can even uncover health conditions seemingly unrelated to your eyes—like diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, and autoimmune diseases.
Our team at CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare is devoted to protecting your eye health and vision from now into the future.
When Should You Have an Eye Exam?
Everyone’s eyes are different and thus require an individualized eye exam schedule. In general, we recommend following the exam frequency suggested by the American Optometric Association (AOA):
- Adults between 18 and 64 should have an eye exam at least every year, or more frequently if high risk.
- Adults over 65 should have an eye exam every year, or more often if high risk.
You may be considered high risk if you:
- Have a personal or family history of ocular disease
- Have a systemic health condition with potential ocular side effects.
- Work in a visually demanding occupation or an environment that presents risks to the eyes
- Take prescription or nonprescription drugs with ocular side effects
- Have functional vision in only one eye
- Wear contact lenses
- Have had eye surgery or a previous eye injury
- Have a high or progressive refractive error
- Have other eye-related health concerns or conditions
Tests Included in a Comprehensive Eye Exam
A comprehensive eye exam includes several noninvasive and generally comfortable tests that assess your total eye health and vision. Some of these tests involve:
- Checking your visual acuity
- Checking for refractive errors
- High resolution retinal imaging
- Evaluating your pupils (with or without dilation)
- Examining your peripheral vision
- Testing your color vision
- Analyzing your visual system
- Examining your external eye structures
- Measuring your intraocular pressure
- Examining the health of your entire eye
If you have unique risks or needs, we may perform additional tests to help us catch early signs of specific vision problems and eye diseases.