It’s very important for people of any age to a comprehensive eye exams on a regular basis. However, as we age this becomes even more important. If a patient is 60 years or older, he or she will need to get an eye exam every year. Geriatric eye exams, or exams for seniors should be done at a practice that offers geriatric eye care in Columbia like Quality Optical of Columbia.
Comprehensive eye exams involve several different tests that together provide your eye doctor with a complete picture of the eye and vision health. This enables a professional eye doctor like ours to detect vision problems, eye diseases and eye conditions early in order to provide quality geriatric eye care in Columbia. An eye exam an invaluable tool that allows a professional eye doctor like ours to detect serious eye diseases and conditions early which will allow for early treatment. Early treatment is the key. Early diagnosis allows for early treatment which helps provide patients with better treatment options and better potential outcomes. The eye doctor performs a series of tests during the comprehensive eye examination. These include: slit lamp, refraction assessment, visual acuity test, indirect ophthalmoscopy and tonometry. The slit lamp test uses a tool that provides the eye doctor with a 3-D magnified view of the front parts of the eyes. It also provides a view of the structures of the eye, including: the retina, the optic nerve and the drainage angle. Its purpose is to detect eye problems early and to guide treatment if any are found. It can help detect cataracts, conjunctivitis, glaucoma and macular degeneration. A refraction assessment checks for refraction errors like farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. This test determines what corrective eyewear prescription a patient would need.
If you’re due for your eye exam, don’t hesitate. Contact our office to schedule your eye care in Columbia appointment today.