The importance of a routine eye exam can mean the difference between seeing the street sign you are looking for or making a wrong turn onto a busy interstate. Very often people let the fact that they are seeing poorly go too long before scheduling an appointment with their eye doctor. Of course the opposite is also true, when things look clear, chances are they could be seen even clearer with new eyeglasses, contact lenses, cataract surgery or laser vision correction.
Although an eye exam may not be at the top of the priority list, many practices offer additional convenience to their patients by providing evening and weekend hours. A meticulous doctor will provide a thorough examination and can inform a patient of any issues that need to be addressed or simply to let them know that their eyes are doing well. A regular eye exam is recommended at least once a year.
A complete eye exam should include a number of reassuring tests and measures including a glaucoma test, dilation (to determine the health of the inner eye including the lens), refraction, (commonly performed to establish the patient’s current prescription) and a patient history, to enable the doctor to evaluate the patient’s chief complaint, previous conditions and/or complications. These test results will give the doctor the information needed to let the patient know if additional care is needed. Most often it is the reassurance of having these tests that will give the patient sound piece of mind.
Although fairly common after the age of sixty, cataracts and glaucoma should be taken seriously if detected during an examination. A consultation with the eye doctor can determine if a patient has cataracts or glaucoma or if the patient may be at risk in the future. In the hands of a skillfully trained and experienced surgeon, these issues may be remedied with routine surgery and/or prescribed eye drops and can have remarkable results.
In the unfortunate case of an emergency involving the eye(s), call the eye doctor’s office. If the situation is serious, the patient will be seen immediately. If the emergency occurs after regular office hours, the doctor on call will be notified and will return the patient’s call to determine the nature and severity of their situation. If necessary, the doctor will advise the patient to meet him at the office. Of course if the patient should go to the hospital first, the doctor on call will meet the patient there. No matter what the situation, the patient comes first. Choose the practice that will provide premiere service and professional care. Take the time to ask friends and family whom they recommend. A good practice will be easy to find.