Preventative and General Optometry Services in Parker, CO
Routine eye exams are just as important as the overall wellness exams performed by a general practitioner. Though many people think of an eye exam as getting a new prescription for glasses or contacts, regular eye exams can also help catch eye conditions early and help prevent vision loss – located in Parker, Colorado; Good iSight cares about your eye health.
What is Preventative Optometry?
Preventive optometry services consist of a series of routine vision tests and procedures to evaluate how well you can see and to look for any problems that might be affecting the overall health of your eyes. These exams are performed by an eye doctor and usually take about an hour—including the 20 to 30 minutes it takes for pupils to fully dilate—with each test evaluating a different aspect of eye health. During an eye exam, signs or symptoms of a health problem unrelated to your eyes also may be discovered.
Why Are Comprehensive Eye Exams Important?
Routine eye exams are important to maintain the overall health of your eyes, as an optometrist can help detect problems at their earliest stages. Early detection can help with treatment options before permanent damage may be done. The eye is a delicate structure that includes nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, and the eyes can show significant health risks in the early stages. Common medical conditions affecting our eyes are diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Many times eye conditions go undiagnosed because patients don’t have obvious symptoms. For this reason, we recommend getting your eyes checked once a year.
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What Happens at an Eye Exam?
Here’s what you can expect at your routine eye exam at Good iSight:
- Tests to evaluate your vision and check for diseases: Dr. Good will perform several tests such as eye muscle, visual acuity, visual field, pupillary reactions, cover test, alignment, ophthalmoscopy, retinoscopy, refraction assessment, color vision, tonometry, and slit-lamp exams. These exams evaluate your vision and eye health, including the muscles and blood vessels around your eyes, for signs of disease.
- Contact lens eval if wanted: A contact lens evaluation involves identifying the appropriate prescription, evaluating the contact lens on the eye, corneal evaluation, and checking the eye carefully for any signs of damage from contact lens wear. If you are a contact lens wearer, yearly contact lens evaluations are required here at Good iSight Optometry.
What Diseases Can Be Detected Through an Eye Exam?
There are several health conditions that can be detected during a vision exam, including:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High Cholesterol
- Dry eyes
- Retinal detachments
- Eye injuries
- Eye infections
- Macular degeneration
How Often Should You Have an Eye Exam?
This is often determined by age, health, and a family history of vision problems. The American Optometric Association recommends a child’s first eye exam to be at 6 months of age. If there are no concerns at this exam, yearly exams starting at the age of 3 are recommended. You might wonder how it is possible to perform an eye exam on children that young. We can obtain most of the information gained in an adult eye exam with babies as well, just with different procedures and ways of evaluation. You can find more information about this through InfantSee and see pictures of an infant exam on our social media platforms. More frequent visits to the eye doctor might be required if you have high blood pressure or diabetes, notice a change in your vision, or have a family history of diabetes or glaucoma.
Comprehensive Eye Exams at Good iSight
Regular routine eye exams can help ensure you have a correctly optimized prescription so you can see clearly and detect eye and systemic problems early enough when they are easily treatable. At Good iSight, we provide comprehensive eye care in Parker, CO, to help ensure our patients are not only in good visual health but also in excellent overall body health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!