How often should I have an eye exam? The American Optometry Association and our office recommend a yearly exam. With yearly exams we are able to determine if you are seeing your best and if any new health problems are occurring. You never know if you are seeing your best or if you have any health concerns unless you get tested.
In surveys SIGHT is the last sense people want to lose passing mobility, hearing, and even eating.
What can you really see "through" my eyes? A lot! We can see problems relating to genetic disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, high cholesterol, swelling, cataracts, rips-holes-tears, and these are just to name a few! Take a look at our interesting case studies to read more.
“But I just had a physical and everything was fine” Not completely true. While you may have been checked for signs or symptoms of high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, etc. And found to be “within normal limits,” minute changes can occur in the eye which are missed. A complete eye health exam with dilation, retinal photos, visual field and retinal scanning can find other things a physical would miss or simply can’t pick up.
Does getting "dilated" hurt, why is it recommended? While a dilation does not hurt the first drop might sting a little. When we look inside the eye the pupil naturally closes due to light and dilating allows us to look farther behind the eye to check for medical or retinal problems. For example, It is like looking through a key-hole; the closer you look the easier to see.
Most dilations take about 30 min to start and generally last between 4-6 hours. You will be "slightly" blurry (this is different for every person) but will be very blurry for near vision. Because of this we always recommend bringing a driver especially if this is your first dilation. Most people do not have any problems with their dilation. However, if you experience pain, discomfort, or nausea please call our office immediately. You also may not need to be dilated every year as this will depend on your health, age and/or prescription.