Eye diseases are common and can go unnoticed for a long time – some don’t even show symptoms at first. A regular eye test will not only let you know if you need a new pair of glasses , contact lenses or a prescription change, but it is also important to monitor your eye health.
A comprehensive eye exam by a qualified kraff eye institute optometrist is needed to detect eye disease in its early stages, when treatment to prevent vision loss is most effective. During the exam, your visual acuity (sharpness), depth perception, eye alignment and eye movements are tested.
Early treatment is crucial to prevent some common eye diseases from causing blurred vision or permanent vision loss:
- Diabetic retinopathy (causes damage to the blood vessels at the back of the eye),
- Glaucoma (a series of diseases that harm the optic nerve)
- Age-associated macular degeneration (slowcessation of photosensitive tissue in the eye)
Your eyes are amazing! They offer a unique view of the human body.
During a thorough eye exam, an optometrist may also notice symptoms of certain more serious health conditions that affect the eyes, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, lupus, high cholesterol, sometimes even before your GP. Treating these conditions early is important for your general health and for your vision.
Optometrists can also detect tumors, and new research shows they can detect the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. With regular eye exams, you can spot these problems earlier and avoid serious complications.
Eye exams for children and adolescents
Your child’s eyes are special!
Eye exams for children are very important to ensure that your child’s eyes are healthy and that they have no vision problems that could affect their academic performance and affect their safety.
Children usually need their first eye exam at 6 months of age. For children under the age of 3, your pediatrician will likely check for the most common eye problems – lazy eye, crossed eyes, or misaligned eyes. In the event of visual disturbances or symptoms, an examination is advised at this time, regardless of the child’s age.