Comprehensive Eye Exams

Comprehensive eye exams are an important component of preventive health care and should be performed at least once a year. Many vision problems show no symptoms until the condition has progressed, which is why taking a proactive approach to your eye care is a must. Comprehensive eye exams are just that: all-encompassing and thorough. Early diagnosis and treatment of many common eye and vision problems can prevent vision loss and keep your eyes healthy for many years to come.

Here at First Eye Care, we understand each patient is different and may have various signs and symptoms of common eye conditions. Our optometrists and team of experts will perform a comprehensive eye exam where we will look at the entire eye and visual system. These annual eye exams are so important to your overall health and wellness, as they can detect eye diseases and disorders such as:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal detachments
  • Macular degeneration
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In addition to spotting early signs of the above, comprehensive eye exams can also spot systemic health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure. Many people don’t think about the connection between their vision health and whole-body wellness, but there is a proven link here that must not be ignored.

What Does a Comprehensive Eye Exam Include?

What is included in a comprehensive eye exam at one of the First Eye Care locations will depend on the patient and his or her medical history. The exam typically takes about an hour, depending on the optometrist and the number and complexity of tests that may be required in order to fully evaluate your vision and eye health. Here is an overview of what you can expect when you come into First Eye Care for a comprehensive eye exam:

  • An overview of your case history, including any past and present vision and medical issues
  • An analysis of the patient’s visual needs and lifestyle
  • This may include questions about your school and work environment, how much you use the computer, and common recreational activities
  • Measurement of visual activity in each one, individually and when used together
  • Refraction testing, which is characterized by your doctor using a retinoscope or computerized vision-testing instru ment in order to estimate your vision and prescription strength
  • Binocular vision assessment
  • Color vision evaluation
  • Assessment of the health of both eyes, inside and outside
  • A neurological assessment of the entire visual system, which may include a review of how the pupils react and your peripheral vision
  • Screening for glaucoma, macular degeneration, and any other common conditions of the eye
  • ○ In some instances, these tests will be based on your family history
  • Recommendations for future eye care
  • A final analysis of the eye exam, which will provide insight as to the overall health of your eyes

To schedule a comprehensive eye exam today, please contact your nearest First Eye Care. We are committed to your vision health and believe that starts with an in-depth, comprehensive eye exam performed by one of our trained optometrists.