Neglecting your eye health can lead to blindness, so it’s important to schedule regular eye exams with your West Laurel eye doctor
, Drs. Ely and Cohen at either of their Maryland optometry practice locations. If you’re an adult with healthy eyes, plan on visiting once every year or two. Eye exams are generally quick and painless- your eye doctor will run a series of tests to check for some common eye problems and diseases. Most exams last an hour or less.
West Laurel Eye Exams
Your exam will probably start with a visual acuity test. This is a simple test that checks vision sharpness and makes use of traditional eye charts. Next, your eye doctor will examine your color vision with a simple screening test. Beyond identifying color blindness, this test can also identify more serious issues that may be affecting how you see colors. The cover test will also occur early in your eye exam. In this test, you’ll focus on an object with one eye, alternating which is covered. It allows your eye specialist to see how your eyes work together. You may also have a visual field test, which will reveal any blind spots in your vision. These blind spots can be indicative of more serious issues.
With the preliminary tests out of the way, our West Laurel eye doctor
at Fulton Eyecare Center will determine your eyeglass prescription. This can be done a few ways. A retinoscopy can approximate the prescription, or a refraction test can determine it exactly. Our eye specialist may also make use of either an autorefractor or aberrometer to accurately and automatically determine your prescription.
A routine eye exam also includes tests for more serious eye problems. In the slit lamp examination our West Laurel eye doctor
will closely evaluate the structure of your eye using a special microscope. It’s likely that your optometrist will also want to check for glaucoma with one of the two glaucoma test variations. One involves direct contact with your eye and one doesn’t. Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that can lead to blindness if untreated but may exhibit no symptoms, so it’s important to let the specialists at Fulton Eyecare Center perform this test each time you visit.
An eye exam is a simple yet important procedure that will protect what is arguably your most important sense- your vision. Dr. Jacalyn R Ely, Dr. Sanford R Cohen, and Dr. Fawziya Mirza, your Fulton Eyecare Center specialists, are highly trained to identify eye issues early enough for them to be treated successfully. Set up an appointment with your West Laurel eye doctor
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Silver Spring, MD 20906
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Fulton, Maryland 20759
By Maple Lawn Eye Care Center
June 13, 2013