To most people, eye exams mean getting your vision checked for eyeglasses or contact lenses. What they might not know is that eyes can also be examined for health problems.
In this post, your local optometrist, Eye RX, discusses what makes a medical eye exam different from a routine vision exam.
Medical Eye Exam
In some cases, problems in the eyes indicate issues within the body. Health condition such as high blood pressure, certain tumors, diabetes, cancer and strokes can permanently affect the eye. In addition, the inside of the eye may also develop diseases leading to vision loss or blindness.
Comprehensive or medical eye exam looks into the eye for diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration corneal dystrophy, retinal detachments or cataracts. These are conditions that can’t be simply corrected by glasses or contact lenses.
A medical eye exam is for the evaluation or treatment of eye health conditions.
Routine Vision Exam
A routine vision exam is for your eye doctor to determine whether you need prescription eyewear.
Your optometrist will conduct refraction where you will be asked to wear clunky glasses to determine your eyes’ grade. They will then switch the lenses around and ask you which gives you better vision. The lenses that give you the best sight will be your prescription.
Your eyes will also be checked for any problems to ensure their health. This isn’t considered an eye exam because the procedure only looks into the shape of your eye to determine whether certain eyewear can improve your vision.
Talk to Your Eye Doctor
You don’t have to wait for a problem to arise before visiting your eye doctor. Eye exams are important in the early detection and treatment of eye conditions. Visit Eye RX, your local optometrist for a comprehensive or a routine eye exam. Our opticians craft frames especially made for you to give you the best vision. Call us at (301) 761-3814 or make an appointment online. We assist patients in Chevy Chase, MD.