Your comprehensive vision exam at Family Vision Center will include:
- dedicated staff members who walk you through each step
- automated vision testing with the highest technology
- Optomap Retinal Screening (optional, allows you to skip dilation eyedrops)
- personalized time with Drs. Rob or Loree Wagner to discuss your vision concerns
- assistance in selecting new eyewear from our frame and lens selection
Routine eye exams are important, regardless of your age or physical health. During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
The AOA recommends an annual eye exam for any patient who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every year. Doctors often recommend more frequent eye examinations for people with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
Since the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually.
Medical Eye Exams
Family Vision Center is equipped with the technology and optometrists to manage and treat your ocular conditions, including glaucoma, dry eye disease, macular degeneration, and more! A medical eye exam includes a complete ocular health check and necessary scans based on your ocular and/or systemic condition to ensure you have the best quality of care for your eyes.
A medical eye exam is performed for the following conditions:
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Macular Degeneration
- Retinal Hemorrhages
- Dry Eye Disease
- Medicinal toxicity, such as Tamoxifen and Plaquenil
If you have diabetes, we will see you for a Diabetic Medical Eye Exam to evaluate the health of your eyes as it relates to diabetes and will send a letter to your primary care physician or endocrinologist with the exam findings. Unfortunately, in the United States in 2020, an estimated 4.1 million persons age 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy – diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in adults aged 20-74 years. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in which the blood vessels in the eye are damaged due to elevated blood sugar levels. Diabetic retinopathy can cause permanent damage to your eyes if not assessed and treated right away.
Need an Eye Exam to Update Your Prescription?
A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using digital retinal imaging technology to evaluate retinal health.
The Eye Care experts at Family Vision Center recommend you have a complete eye exam every year to assess your risk for potentially damaging eye conditions, as well as to keep on top of any changes in vision you may be experiencing.
Eye Exams for Children
Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at every year throughout school.
Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their optometrist’s instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
What to Remember For The Eye Doctor’s Appointment
Many vision problems and eye diseases often present minimal, if any, symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to make regular appointments to see your eye doctor. And since vision can change gradually over time, it’s important to know that you’re seeing your best, year after year.
Remember the following for your next eye doctor visit:
- Know your medical history and list of current medications
- Know your current symptoms and be able to describe them—write them down if necessary
- Know your family history—some eye diseases like glaucoma and cataracts are hereditary
- Ask in advance about your particular vision insurance plan, and if a co-pay will be due
- Bring your insurance card, identification and method of payment, if necessary
- Bring your most recent prescription for glasses or contact lenses
- Bring your corrective eyewear to the exam
- If undergoing a test using dilation eye drops, bring proper eye protection, like sunglasses, for after your appointment
Most importantly, remember that eye doctors — and everyone within the eye care practice — are there to help you see your best and feel your best.