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How Do I Know When I Need a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

May is healthy vision month. When was your last comprehensive eye exam? Having your eyes examined periodically is one of the most important things you can do to guarantee your vision remains healthy. During this session, your eye care professional thoroughly examines your eyes, making sure you're clear of commonly occurring eye diseases and vision issues, many of which have no early warning symptoms.

Your examination will begin with what's referred to as a visual acuity test, using an eye chart to determine how good your sight is at various distances. The exterior of your eye will also be assessed.

Once your tests are completed, your eye care professional may go ahead and examine your retina using specialized diagnostic technology. This part of the exam matters greatly, because it provides crucial information about the health of your eyes, as well as information about your overall health. For example, it can show warning signs of diabetes and also indicate high blood pressure.

Next, you'll be screened for signs of glaucoma. Your optometrist will do this by checking your eye pressure, with a quick puff of air directed onto your eye.

Now is the time to protect your eyesight. Make your eye health come first, and book an appointment today.