Here's What Your Optometrist Is Looking for During Your Eye Exam

Of all your senses, your eyesight is arguably among the most important, and optometry is a branch of medicine that’s designed to safeguard this all-important area of your health. Even though optometry services ensure that your vision is working well, they also monitor you for serious eye diseases in which early intervention can make all the difference.

Our team at Suburban Eye Associates offers a wide range of services to patients in Huntingdon Valley, Jenkintown, and Philadelphia, PA, that not only improve their vision but ensure early detection of eye disease. With our experience and state-of-the-art equipment, we’re able to help you preserve this precious area of your health for years to come.

To give you a better idea of why your regular visits to us are important, here’s a look at what we’re on the lookout for during your eye exams.

The goal is 20/20

When you first come in, we review any complaints you may have about your vision, and then we perform extensive visual acuity tests to determine whether you or your child may have a refractory issue that’s causing poor vision. We perform this testing using the latest equipment available, which helps us precisely identify the vision problem so that we can find the best solution for restoring your vision to 20/20.

One of the comments we hear the most from our patients is that they didn’t fully understand the extent of their vision problems until we tested — and corrected — them. Armed with corrective lenses, our clients are seeing like never before, allowing them to fully enjoy the world around them.

Long-term vision correction

Another service we perform as optometrists is figuring out whether you may be a good candidate for vision-correcting procedures like LASIK. We offer comprehensive LASIK consultation services that are designed to help you before, during, and after your surgery. Although we don’t perform the surgery itself, we point you in the right direction if we find you may benefit from LASIK and ensure that you’re well-monitored afterward as your results begin to come online.

Detecting eye disease

Though your vision is important, so, too, is the health of your eyes. As part of your eye exam, we pay close attention to any signs that you may be developing some of the more common eye diseases, such as:

To do this, we perform a retinal exam, an eye pressure exam, and a slit-lamp exam. These tools are designed to screen for early signs of eye disease, and they’re especially important if you have diabetes or you’re reaching an advanced age, which raises your risk for problems like macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.

It’s your exam

Ultimately, we tailor your eye exam to your unique circumstances and goals. For example, if you have diabetes, we closely monitor the health or your retina and optic nerve.

The bottom line is that the goal behind an optometrist exam is that you not only see more clearly, but that you avoid vision-robbing eye diseases. To get started, give us a call at 215-379-2500, or request an appointment using our online scheduling tool.

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