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Eye Exam and Vision Exam Essentials from Your Wichita Optometrist
If you have a habit of putting off that eye exam or vision exam because your eyesight seems fine, you could be putting your future ocular health at serious risk. Many eye diseases and disorders show no symptoms at all for quite some time -- and by the time you realize you have a problem, you may have already lost some of your visual acuity forever. That's why you need to schedule regular exams with any optometrist on our team here at Wichita Optometry, P.A.
The eye can be a tricky organ to examine because so much of it is closed off to a basic visual inspection by the eye doctor. We need to be able to see inside the eye so we can examine the retina (the collection of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye) and optic nerve for possible diseases such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy. To achieve this, we dilate your pupils with special eye drops, giving us a much better view of the eye's interior. Please arrange for transportation home in advance, because the dilation can cause hypersensitivity to light and other temporary vision issues.
We also check your eye's inner fluid pressure (tonometry) to see whether you have glaucoma, a condition that can permanently damage the optic nerves. A device called a slit lamp lets us examine the eye under a strong light for signs of cataracts, corneal inflammation and other problems. Eye function testing is another important part of a comprehensive eye exam. We will check your peripheral vision, eye coordination and focusing power while also determining whether one eye is dominant over the other and to what degree.
An annual eye exam is typically accompanied by a vision test. You might actually have impaired vision without realizing it, and this could threaten your safety while also accounting for headaches and other eye strain symptoms. We use an instrument called a phoropter to determine how well you can see the letters on an eye chart at different "distances" (simulated by changes in font size). This enables us to evaluate refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia farsightedness) and astigmatism (blurred vision due to corneal irregularities).
Once your Wichita optometrist has the results of your vision exam, you'll receive any necessary prescription for either corrective lenses (which we can create and fit for you) or LASIK surgery (for which we can provide pre-operative and post-operative care). If you decide that you'd rather have contact lenses instead of eyeglasses, we will perform some additional testing to measure your corneal curvature and pupil size.
Schedule an Eye Exam and Vision Exam at Wichita Optometry. P.A.
"The eye doctor will see you now!" Take that phrase to heart and schedule an eye exam and vision exam at our clinic ASAP. The more you know about the health and function of your eyes, the more easily you can maintain optimal eyesight for life! For more information contact Wichita Optometry today at (316) 942-7496.