An annual eye exam is always a good idea – regularly scheduled exams are necessary not just to ensure good vision, but also to diagnose potential issues such as glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, and diabetic retinopathy, which occurs in those with diabetes. If not detected early and treated properly, diabetic retinopathy can cause permanent damage to the vision. If you find yourself in need of an appointment, schedule a visit with Shannon Chandler, O.D. to receive professional and comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and referrals in the Las Vegas area.
Preparing for an annual eye exam is easy. Simply assess or determine any issues you are experiencing with your vision; you will also need to bring along your current glasses or contact lenses, if applicable. Include a pair of sunglasses, in the event that pupils are dilated during the visit –the dilation causes the eyes to be more sensitive to light. (Retinal imaging can be performed as an alternative to dilation; in this case, a digital photograph is taken of the eye, and there are no side effects with this method.)
A variety of procedures are conducted during an eye exam with Dr. Chandler. A visual acuity test will be performed to determine how well you see at far and close distances, with and without correction. The test contains letters that decrease in size as you read down the chart. During this test, each eye is covered, one at a time, and you will be asked to read the as many letters as possible. The refraction procedure will determine the best possible prescription for your eyes. There are also some different tests – accommodation and convergence tests – that determine the eyes’ ability to maintain focus at close distances. The exam will continue with an extra ocular muscle movement test, which checks to ensure that the muscles are working properly, and that the eyes track targets normally in various directions. A cover test will be administered to see how the eyes align when focusing on objects both up close and farther away. Pupillary reactions will be tested to see how the pupils react to both light, and objects, at close distances. A slit lamp exam allows Dr. Chandler to look, in great detail, at the external and internal anatomy of the eye with a microscope. Intraocular eye pressure will be measured to determine if there is a risk for glaucoma. Visual field testing will be completed to ensure that peripheral vision is clear of any defects. This test also helps to detect changes from glaucoma, neurological conditions and retinal conditions, among other things. Additional and/or alternative specialized tests may be administered during the comprehensive eye exam, based on individual needs, health, and family history of any eye conditions.
For the best in quality vision care, make an appointment to have your eyes examined today with Dr. Shannon Chandler.