Why Are Eye Examinations So Important?

Comprehensive Eye Exams

Performance Vision performs comprehensive eye exams in addition to a thorough review of your personal and family health history, as this allows us to check for certain risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes, eye disease, and/or poor vision.

Here, at Performance Vision Inc., our professionals examine the eye carefully and thoroughly for various activity and responses. We will check your vision for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), as well as astigmatism. We will also look for the coordination of your eye muscles, pupil response to light, and peripheral vision. In addition to the aforementioned tests, your comprehensive eye exam will consist of the examination of the health and function of the eyelid and the measurement of fluid pressure. This test—commonly known as the “air puff” test—can help detect glaucoma and a number of other diseases early.

Contact Lens Exams

A standard eye examination is a comprehensive analysis of your eye health and visual systems. It will not include the fitting or exam process for contact lenses. Prior to a contact lens fitting, there will be additional measurements of your eye as well as further evaluation of the health of your cornea. One thing that must be done prior to receiving a content lens prescription is having diagnostic lenses placed on your eyes to evaluate how they fit and how well you are able to see.

Why Are Eye Examinations So Important?

Statistics show that (nearly) one in four children (school-age) have problems with their vision, with the most common issue being nearsightedness. Unfortunately, only about one-third of those children have an eye examination prior to the beginning of school. There are some experts that recommend eye examinations be conducted prior to first grade being started, and then again every other year. Due to the fact that eyes develop as children grow, nearsightedness is a condition that often gets worse until a person reaches the age of 20.

Typically, when a person requires reading glasses, it is a sign of middle age. Once an individual reaches his or her mid-40s, there is a good chance that he or she will require assistance with reading and performing close-up tasks. This type of change in vision is known as presbyopia, and it is very common. To help correct this change in vision, a person can wear reading glasses, special contact lenses, or progressive lenses.

There are certain medical diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes that can negatively affect one’s eye health and vision. High blood pressure has the ability to damage the nerves and blood vessels found within the eye. In some cases, it can even result in permanent loss of vision. Diabetes is the number one cause of adult blindness—at least new cases of blindness. Individuals with diabetes could develop retinopathy, which is when damage is done to the blood vessels within the eye’s retina. When you take the steps to take care of your overall health with a proper diet and avoid smoking, your physical health isn’t the only thing that benefits—your eye health, and therefore, your eyes also benefits.

Glaucoma and cataracts can occur at any age, but they are typically associated with individuals age 60 and over. Glaucoma is the deteriorated of the eye’s nerve over a period of time and is typically accompanied by excessive pressure within the eye. It can be treated with eye drops or surgery, which works to reduce the pressure in the eye. A cataract is when there is clouding over the natural lens of the eye. It can be removed and replaced by a special lens during surgery.

If you have not had an eye examination in the last year, it is important to contact us at Performance Vision Inc. to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye examination.