Comprehensive Eye Exam
At Snyder Eye Group, we strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. Preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist. Our Doctors are able to provide treatment options and, in many cases, restore vision or prevent vision loss by diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on your medical history.
Eye Exam and Consultation
During your eye exam, our doctors will ask you questions about symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications your are currently taking, any blurry vision, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. The doctors will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our doctors provide regular visual acuity tests as part of a comprehensive eye exam.They will measure how each eye is seeing by using a distance eye chart and a reading eye chart. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading visual acuity. Depending on the results of your acuity test, our doctors may prescribe corrective glasses and/or contact lenses. In addition to visual acuity there are other parts to vision that we will evaluate such as field of vision, color, and depth perception.
Eye Function Testing
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our office includes testing eye functionality. Our Doctors perform several tests to evaluate eye muscle movements and responsiveness to light and accommodation. Several other tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable our eye doctors to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.
As part of a comprehensive eye exam, our doctors examine the overall health of the eye through a visual examination. Eye health is evaluated by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. After completing these short tests, our doctors will review the results and discuss any necessary treatment options with you.
Experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers 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 least every two years throughout school as changes in vision commonly occur throughout growth. 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.