The Modern Optometry team takes even routine eye exams very seriously. During a yearly or bi-yearly examination, our patients will receive a patient history review, a series of vision and eye tests, assessments of eye focusing and movement, and an eye health evaluation. Our optometrist, Dr. Verna, will discuss any additional testing that may be required to diagnose an eye disease or condition.
Preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, Dr. Verna is able provide treatment options and in many cases restore or prevent vision loss. The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not.
During an eye exam, Dr. Verna will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications your are currently taking, any blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. The doctor will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Dr. Verna provides a regular vision acuity test as part of a comprehensive eye exam. She will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, Dr. Verna may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our office includes testing eye functionality. Dr. Verna performs several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. Several other simple tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable the optometrist to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.
As part of a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Verna examines the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. Your eye health is evaluated by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. After completing these short tests, Dr. Verna reviews the results and discusses an treatments with you. Contact us at (215) 335-9090 today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
Many patients don't have yearly eye examinations because they "see just fine." Unfortunately, there are many serious eye diseases which work silently to damage the eye. In many cases, the damage is irreversible once symptoms finally do appear. Among these commonly seen diseases are glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetes. Far too many people, including 1 in 10 children, are at risk for an undiagnosed vision problem. We emphasize the need for every individual to receive an annual check-up. Some patients wait two or more years between eye exams because of their vision plans. Fortunately, many medical insurance will cover eye exams multiple times a year. Best of all, we do the paperwork for you!
State law insists on a full dental examination before entering school, yet only a superficial sight test on a 100-year old E Chart is required, and this doesn't tell us much about visual readiness. Routine eye exams should occur during the first year of life and then annually after the age of three.
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a chronic condition that causes central vision loss. It affects millions of Americans. In fact, it is a leading cause of blindness in people 60 and older. The older you are, the greater your chance of being affected. That's why it's important to learn the symptoms of AMD now, so if you ever notice anything wrong, you can see an ophthalmologist right away. Early detection is key to avoiding vision loss.