Eye exams are one of the best things you can do for your health. At Eyes on Hayden in Scottsdale, Arizona, the team performs comprehensive eye exams to detect vision problems and catch conditions like glaucoma and cataracts before they become urgent. If you’re overdue for an eye exam, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
You may not think of going to an eye doctor if you don’t wear glasses or haven’t experienced any changes in your vision lately. However, eye exams involve more than just prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses. They’re also the best way to detect issues with your eye health as early as possible.
An eye exam is the best way to determine if you have serious conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy. There’s usually no way to tell if you have these diseases in their early stages. Often, your eye health is a sign of your overall health, and conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension) can put you at higher risk of developing eye conditions.
In many cases, by the time eye diseases cause noticeable symptoms, they’ve already damaged your vision, often permanently. An eye exam detects these problems early, while they’re still easily manageable and treatable, so you can preserve your vision.
Eye exams include a series of tests to evaluate your vision and eye health. They usually last at least an hour. Your exam at Eyes on Hayden may include:
You follow a small object, such as a pen, across the room to test your eye muscles.
You look at letters on a chart or screen that get smaller as they go down. This measures how clearly you can see. This test determines whether you have 20/20 vision (or how far your vision is from 20/20).
You look through a device called a phoropter, which contains lenses of different strengths. This determines how strong a prescription lens you need to treat refractive errors like nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.
Your doctor uses a device to measure the level of pressure in your eyes, an important risk factor for glaucoma.
Your doctor gives you eye drops that enlarge your pupils so he can see the structures in the back of your retina.
To help your eye doctor at Eyes of Hayden, it helps to have information handy, including:
Expect your pupils to be enlarged for a few hours after your exam. You may have trouble reading because the text appears blurry and you may be more sensitive to light than usual. Be sure to bring sunglasses to wear outside, and arrange for a ride home if you aren’t comfortable driving.
Schedule your eye exam at Eyes on Hayden today by calling the office or using the online booking feature.