Eye Exams are the key to clear vision
Annual eye exams help diagnose optical conditions or problems with your eyes, not to mention help you see the world more clearly!
At Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs, our Optometrists are dedicated to providing comprehensive vision care by prescribing lifestyle recommendations for your vision needs. All locations offer extended evening hours so that you can be examined at your convenience.
The American Optometric Association recommends an eye exam every 12 months. Is it time?
Your cornea and lens are responsible for focusing; when you experience issues with blurriness, it is because the shape of your eyeball and cornea change. This is known as a refractive error. There are four common refractive errors found during eye exams:
- Myopia – Also known as nearsightedness. Vision may be clear up close but blurry in the distance.
- Hyperopia – Also known as farsightedness. Vision may be clear in the distance but blurry up close.
- Presbyopia – Inability to focus close up, typically as a result of aging. It is corrected with progressive lenses, which account for the near-focusing inability.
- Astigmatism – Focus problems caused by an asymmetric cornea, which can occur alone or with any of the above listed conditions.
The great news is that we can help compensate for any and all of these refractive errors! By offering the latest in lens technology, our skilled optometrists and opticians will get you seeing more clearly than ever before.
Optical Health Issues
Common eye conditions have symptoms that include burning, itchy, or irritated eyes. Remember that these are only guidelines and a consultation with our eye doctor is necessary to receive the proper treatment.
What happens during an eye exam?
We offer what are known as comprehensive eye exams, which provide patients with a treatment plan including a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Our doctors are well-versed in the latest lens technology and will also recommend specific lens options to compliment your needs.
- Patient History –Our optometrists want to make recommendations based on your lifestyle, so telling the doctor about all general health/occupational issues, previous conditions, and familial health concerns is important.
- Visual Acuity –Visual Acuity measures how clearly each eye is seeing. Most patients are very familiar with this part of the eye exam; it is when you are asked to read letters on what is known as the Snellen eye chart.
- Preliminary Tests –Depending on your needs, the doctor will test various aspects of visual function, including color vision, eye muscle movement, depth perception, light response, and peripheral vision.
- Keratometry –This test measures the cornea’s curvature, which is especially important for contact lens wearers.
- Refraction –During this part of the exam, the eye doctor places a series of lenses in front of your eyes to determine the correct lens power needed to correct your refractive error. You may need eye drops for this portion of the exam.
- Evaluation –The last step of an eye exam includes evaluating the the lens, retina, and eye pressure. Dilation of the pupil through the use of drops may be necessary and is recommended for most patients, as it helps to diagnose conditions including eye tumors, high blood pressure, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment.
While common eye conditions are usually mild and fleeting, certain ocular diseases can lead to permanent vision loss. In these cases, early detection during an eye exam is critical for treatment and patient health.