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The Importance of Annual Eye Exams


In their early-to-mid stages, many vision and eye conditions have no signs or symptoms, so you may not even know there’s a problem until your sight begins to decline. For this reason, regular comprehensive eye exams are key to maintaining good vision and healthy eyes.

Having a yearly eye exam allows your eye doctor to monitor your vision and eye health over the long-term, and can help detect the signs of medical conditions, including high blood pressure and diabetes.

What Does An Eye Exam Entail?

Some tests that your eye doctor may perform during your eye exam include:

  • Visual Acuity - this evaluates how clearly each eye sees. A reading chart is frequently used during this test.
  • Preliminary Test - this may include evaluations of peripheral vision, depth perception, color vision, eye muscle movements, and how your pupils react to light.
  • Eye Focusing - this test determines how well your eyes move, focus, and work together. Your doctor will be able to see problems that prevent your eyes from focusing effectively or working well together.
  • Eye pressure test (IOP) - this is usually done with a puff of air. Sometimes the eye doctor will gently touch the front surface of your eye with a device that glows with a blue light.
  • Slit-lamp - this exam gives your eye doctor a closer look at the different structures at the front of the eye and inside the eye including tear ducts, the cornea, and lens.
  • Ophthalmoscopy - this test looks at the health of the back of the eyes, and can detect cataracts, retinal detachment, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
  • Digital Retinal Image - this test is a digital recording of retinal health achieved by taking an image of the retina.

Importance of Eye Exams

A yearly eye exam is recommended for all ages, no matter your vision or general health. Don’t wait until the computer screen seems fuzzy or you can’t read a street sign a few feet away. Schedule an eye exam today!

If you are looking to get your eyes checked, contact Washington Eye Doctors. We are here to help keep you and your eyes healthy.

At Washington Eye Doctors, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 202-335-5032 or book an appointment online to see one of our Washington, D.C. eye doctors.

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