Many eye conditions and diseases may not present any noticeable signs or symptoms, thus increasing the importance of regular eye examinations by an eye care professional. When identified early, more than 80 percent of vision impairment can be treated, prevented or cured. Below are some signs and symptoms that may indicate an eye problem that requires medical attention.
Your Eye Exam
Many eye conditions and diseases may not have obvious signs and symptoms, increasing the importance of early detection. That is why it is essential for everyone to receive a regular, comprehensive eye exam, which includes of a series of tests to measure how well you can see and to look for any problems that might be affecting the overall health of your eyes. These tests range from simple tasks, such as reading an eye chart, to complex tests, such as retinal eye mapping.
A comprehensive eye exam will last approximately an hour, depending on the doctor and the number of tests required to fully evaluate your vision and the health of your eyes. Your eye doctor will also advise you on how often you should have an eye exam moving forward. This can be based on your age, health, family history, and whether you wear glasses or contact lenses.
Finding an eye care professional (ECP) for yourself or for your family can be a simple process. During your first, or next, appointment with your eye care professional (ECP), it’s important to be prepared.