Learn Why Regular Eye Exams Are Necessary, and What to Expect at Your Eye Exam in Hamden, CT
Have you had your yearly eye exam yet? Everybody needs routine comprehensive eye exams, at every age and stage. Even if your vision is crystal-clear, eye doctors recommend regular evaluations of eyesight and ocular health. These expert guidelines apply to children and adults alike. In our Hamden CT eye doctor’s office Dr. Louis Hochberg will perform a thorough check of your eyes. Using first-rate skill, years of experience, and state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, we focus on preserving your sharp, healthy vision!
Why are Eye Exams Important?
The answer to this common question can be broken down simply into three main parts:
1. Looking Out for Eye Disease
Your eyes are an integral part of your body. Just as a physician checks your overall health, our optometrist will perform a complete evaluation of your visual system. Dr. Hochberg will look out for any early signs of ocular disease or problems.
Many eye diseases, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, are not symptomatic during the early stages. Once you notice a problem, it means that the disease has advanced to a later stage, when treatment is more difficult. The earlier that eye disease is diagnosed, the more effective the treatment! Comprehensive eye exams are the only way to detect ocular disease when it first appears.
2. Keeping an Eye on Your Total Health
Some life-threatening health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol and even certain cancers, can affect your inner eye tissues. When Dr. Louis Hochberg looks closely at your eye health, he pays attention to any signs that point to the presence of an undetected systemic disease as well. In addition to preserving your vision, our optometrist can thereby protect your overall health!
3. Making Sure You Have Sharp Vision
Visual acuity testing ensures that your vision prescription is accurate so your eyewear is up to date and as effective as possible. Keep in mind that vision often changes as you age. With children, our friendly eye doctor will perform a pediatric eye exam to make sure that there are no undetected vision conditions, which can interfere with learning.
How can you prepare for an eye exam?
- Come with your questions. Our Hamden optometrist will address your concerns patiently and completely.
- Be ready to tell us about your family eye history, medical case history, and medications.
- If you wear eyeglasses or contacts lenses, bring your prescription.
- It is helpful to bring sunglasses for your trip home. If we use dilating eye drops, your eyes will be very sensitive to light.
What happens during a comprehensive eye exam?
Excellent eye care is personalized to meet the needs of each individual patient. Therefore, the specific tests and procedures vary between eye exams. Here is a general breakdown of what to expect:
- Visual acuity testing: you will be asked to read a standard eye chart, and our optometrist will use a phoropter, which consists of a series of lenses that you look through and provide feedback about which is clearest. We will also use a retinoscope to analyze how light bounces off your retina to evaluate refractive error. These procedures can be done manually or with automated devices, and they help us to determine your detailed vision prescription.
- Preliminary testing: we will perform an initial evaluation of your visual system, checking the response of your pupils to light, eye mobility, and peripheral vision. Our optometrist will assess eye alignment, eye teaming/binocularity, and focusing ability. All of these skills are required for sharp vision at various distances.
- Tonometry: we will measure the fluid inside your eye. Quick and painless, this procedure is done with a specialized device that either touches your eye gently or blows a puff of air across the surface. Higher than normal values may be a sign of glaucoma.
- Slit Lamp exam: a slit lamp may be used to light and magnify our eye doctor’s view of the front of your eye. This provides a clear view of your lens, cornea, and the back of your eye.
- Dilated eye exam: eye drops may be inserted, and once they take full effect (about 20 minutes), Dr. Hochberg will use high-powered magnification to check your retina and retinal blood vessels, optic nerve, and vitreous fluid.
- Supplementary tests: we may perform additional procedures, depending upon your requirements and the judgment of our skilled eye doctor.
After your comprehensive eye exam, we will share all the results with you. Together we’ll decide upon the best treatment plan. We believe that optimal eye care is founded upon a good, open relationship between optometrist and patient.
Book an eye exam with Dr. Louis Hochberg in Hamden, Connecticut today. We look forward to seeing you and your eyes in person!