VAL-Uvision offers comprehensive eye exams by an in-house Doctor of Optometry for men, women and children of all ages. Many people decide to wait until they experience symptoms before visiting their eye doctor, but we stress the importance of prevention.
By scheduling a complete eye exam, you can be signaled to warning signs before they become a problem. By diagnosing eye conditions and other vision problems early on, our Jacksonville optometrists are able to provide treatment options and in many cases restore or prevent vision loss.
What To Expect During Your Eye Exam
During your routine eye exam in one of our Jacksonville locations, our optometry staff will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications your are currently taking, if you are experiencing blurry vision and other general health questions. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination.
Our eye doctors will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
At VAL-Uvision, we offer the Optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams. The optomap® Retinal Exam produces a 3D image of your retina and provides us with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. Optomap imaging can assess up to 80% of the retina, compared to 15% using traditional image capturing methods.
An Optomap Exam will show:
- A scan to show a healthy eye or detect disease.
- A view of the retina, giving our eye doctors a more detailed view than we can get by other means.
- Is fast, painless, and comfortable.
Moreover, other tests may be administered requiring you to either look into bright lights, read charts and other non-invasive tasks. In doing such, every aspect of your overall ocular health and well being can be properly evaluated.
Once this information is taken, the testing begins. The comprehensive eye exam leaves no room for error as it tests the muscles, visual acuity, refraction, perimetry, color vision, retinal health and for glaucoma.
Even more detailed tests are given to those whose family history and other information is indicative of potential threats.
Detecting problems before they manifest is the best way to ensure proper eyesight for a lifetime and scheduling your comprehensive eye exam today is the first step to take in making sure you don’t become a victim later in life.
Eye Exams: FAQ
When Do I Schedule My Appointment?
A common mistake made even by those who understand the benefits of preventative eye exams is to wait until late adulthood to schedule their first appointment. The best time to schedule the first comprehensive eye exam is at the age of 5 (unless problems are detected sooner). A follow-up should be scheduled prior to entering school as poor eyesight can have a direct impact on learning ability. From this time until around the age of 40, comprehensive eye exams should be regularly scheduled every two years, or as advised by your eye care physician. After age 40, it is best to have your eyes checked annually or more frequently when medical conditions are present. Always follow your eye care physicians’ recommendation for follow-up care.
It is best to come to the appointment prepared as there will be many questions to answer. Common ones tend to regard aspects such as whether you wear glasses currently, were born premature, have allergic reactions to medicines, have had current or past eye problems and family history, just to name a few. These questions help your physician determine things to look for as well as the best possible treatment method.
Book an eye exam in Jacksonville, FL with a VAL-Uvision optometrist nearest you!