Comprehensive Eye Exam
A comprehensive eye exam is so much more than “which is better, one or two.” The vision check, or refraction, is an important part of the exam, but there is a lot more to the eyes than seeing 20/20. An examination starts with your history.
You may notice there are a lot of questions to answer and you may even feel some of the questions do not pertain to your eye exam. However, the eyes are a very important part of your body. Many times there are ocular symptoms that may suggest an overall health concern or medication side effect. There are many medical conditions that may affect the eyes. Some conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. It is our job as optometrists to monitor the health of your eyes as well as your overall well-being.
During the examination, our doctors at Holt Eye Care will check the entire visual system using the latest technology. Many conditions such as dry eye, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration need to be detected early in order to prevent or lessen vision loss associated with them. All of these conditions can be diagnosed in a comprehensive eye exam. It is important to have your visual system evaluated yearly to make sure your eyes and body stay healthy.
Our comprehensive eye examinations will check your eyes inside and out for any potential eye disorders or diseases. Your visual skills and abilities are carefully evaluated and appropriate treatment is prescribed, whether it’s medication, lenses, or vision therapy. We are prepared to handle whatever your eye-care needs are, and will treat them with the latest in diagnostic equipment.
A question eye doctors are often asked is, “When should my child start seeing the optometrist?” The American Optometric Association recommends children have their first eye exam at about six to eight months of age. Children who struggle in school may have an undiagnosed vision related learning problem. A child’s vision system is growing and developing especially during the first five to six years of life. Children can have potentially debilitating eye conditions that may go undetected without a complete eye examination. Uncorrected farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, as well as a misalignment of the eyes can lead to permanently reduced vision or legal blindness. At Holt Eye Care, our doctors recommend the following guidelines for suggested eye exam schedules for children: six months, three years, five years and every two years after the age of five. Having these early evaluations allow our doctors to help identify potential problems.
Dr. Amy Cousineau participates in the InfantSee program, which provides a one-time no cost eye and vision assessment for babies six to twelve months of age. For more information on the InfantSee program visit www.infantsee.org. Our goal is to provide you with a customized eye health and vision care in a friendly, family atmosphere. Contact us at 517.699. EYES (3937) to schedule today.