Many eye diseases like glaucoma and retinopathy don’t cause symptoms in their early stages. Even if you don’t need corrective lenses, you should still schedule an eye exam with Nastaran Golriz, OD, at idoc Optical in Washington, DC. If you’re due for an eye exam, call idoc Optical or make your appointment online today.
Yes, everyone should have eye exams, regardless of your need for corrective lenses. Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease, don’t cause symptoms until your vision is damaged.
A routine eye exam is the best way to monitor your eye health and diagnose eye disease in its early stages. An early diagnosis is critical to getting the treatment you need to restore your eye health and protect your vision.
In general, people should have their eyes tested every 1-2 years, although there are exceptions. Children should have their eyes tested at around 6 months old. Then, starting at the age of 3, they should have an eye exam every two years.
Adults who don’t need corrective lenses should continue to have eye exams at least every two years. Around the age of 60, your risk of eye disease increases, so you should have annual exams.
You need to have an eye exam every year to keep your prescription for corrective lenses up-to-date. Additionally, if you have conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, you might need appointments annually or even more frequently.
During your eye exam, Dr. Golriz tests your vision, eye function, and overall eye health.
During the vision testing part of your eye exam, Dr. Golriz begins with retinoscopy, which provides an estimate of your corrective lens prescription. Then using refraction, she fine-tunes your prescription to provide the best possible vision.
During your eye function testing, Dr. Golriz checks how well your eyes function independently and together. She tests your ocular motility, which is how your eyes follow a moving object and transition between objects.
She also tests your depth perception, color vision, responsiveness to light, and peripheral vision.
Dr. Golriz also uses several tests to evaluate your eye health. She uses a slit lamp to examine the front structures of your eye, including your pupils, conjunctiva, cornea, and eyelids. She also uses non-contact tonometry to measure your eye pressure, a critical indicator of glaucoma.
Further, Dr. Golriz provides state-of-the-art retinal scans to look for signs of retinopathy, macular degeneration, and problems with your optic nerve.
Call idoc Optical today for your next eye exam or make an appointment online today.