Just like you get a regular medical checkup, your eyes also need an annual exam. This is an opportunity for the eye doctor to fully assess the health of your eyes and detect any signs of disease before it becomes a serious issue. Regular eye and vision exams also ensure that your prescription is current as your vision changes throughout your life.
At Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates in Columbia, SC, our team provides the highest levels of vision care. Learn what to expect when you come in for eye and vision exams.
Eye Exams for Children
Our team of optometry professionals recommend that a child’s first eye exam should be at one year old. This should be followed by another exam at age three. These screenings provide information about the health of their eyes and their development.
Adult Eye Exams
As we age, our vision changes. Therefore, regular eye exams are important. Early detection of eye disease can help preserve your vision. Issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can significantly impact your visual health. During the exam, the doctor will be looking for signs of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Comprehensive Eye Exams
Most eye exams start with a visual acuity test or the eye chart. Then the doctor will test for peripheral vision, eye coordination and movement. This test demonstrates how well eye muscles are functioning. The pressure of each also is also checked.
Slit Lamp Microscope
Eye care professionals use a slit lamp to exam the cornea, iris and lens. This shines a bright light into your eye so that they can examine the interior of the eye.
A comprehensive exam will include dilating the eyes. This gives your doctor the ability to examine your retina for any signs of damage or disease. While your eyes will be light sensitive for a short period following the exam, this is a valuable tool in preserving your eye health.
Glass and Contact
If you are prescribed glasses or contact for the first time, our team of professionals will help you get the right ones for your lifestyle. We are also ready to help when you need to update from lenses.
At Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates, our team wants to have the best vision and eye health possible. We recommend regular eye and vision exams at our office in Columbia, SC. We provide a full range of eye care services to meet your needs. Do not put off caring for your eyes. It is too important to your quality of life. Our team is committed to providing quality eye care. Call us today for an appointment!