Routine eye exams are important for people of all ages in order to preserve the health of the eyes, whether or not they are currently experiencing vision problems. In addition to evaluating the need for corrective glasses or contact lenses, comprehensive periodic eye exams can help prevent future problems by identifying early signs for eye disease as well as other problems that could lead to vision impairment or even vision loss. In some eye diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, problems can exist and progress well before patients even notice symptoms. Early detection and treatment can help reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.
The simple vision screenings you receive from the school nurse, pediatrician, or when renewing a driver's license are no substitute for a comprehensive professional eye exam. During a comprehensive eye exam, the doctor will do more than just check for near- or far-sightedness. By examining your eyes inside and out, Dr. Selem can check for a variety of problems with the eyes, help determine a treatment plan to preserve the health of your eyes, and even check for indications of other serious health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Depending on your age, overall health and any symptoms you may be experiencing, your eye exam may include a number of tests to screen for a variety of problems. Some of these tests may include visual acuity tests to determine the sharpness of your vision, and refraction tests to determine prescriptions for corrective lenses; intraocular pressure check for glaucoma; slit-lamp examination and pupil dilation to check the outer and inner eye structures for signs of problems or disease; or other specialized tests.
Yes, that's why it's so important to have regular eye examinations. Many eye problems and diseases can get progressively worse if left untreated and could cause a host of problems, including headaches, poor depth perception, eye strain, learning impairment, visual impairment and, in some cases, even permanent vision loss. The best way to ensure the ongoing health of your eyes is to have them examined on a regular basis.
Dr. Joseph Selem and the staff at The Selem Center for Ophthalmology & Plastic Surgery would be happy to help you set up a private consultation for an eye exam. Schedule an appointment online or call us at 305-444-0221.
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