Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool to protect you from eye diseases and vision loss. At Mayo Family Eye Care LLC, Sabrina Mayo, OD, and the eye specialists provide comprehensive eye exams for adults and children. During your exam, the team assesses your visual acuity and checks the inner structures of your eye for early signs of disease. They also offer resources to reduce your risk factors for glaucoma and other chronic eye conditions.
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What are eye exams?
Eye exams are routine evaluations to assess the health and function of your eyes, even if you have no unusual symptoms. During these exams, the eye care team can identify warning signs of eye diseases in their earliest stages, so you can get the treatment you need before they worsen. Mayo Family Eye Care LLC also provides personalized disease-prevention resources during your exam to protect your long-term eye health.
What happens during eye exams?
During your eye exam at Mayo Family Eye Care LLC, you discuss any issues you have with your eye health or your vision. The team also reviews your personal and family health histories to identify risk factors for eye disease. Each exam includes:
Refraction testing: A refraction test assesses how light bends as it passes through the lens of your eye and cornea. This test provides information about the prescription strength you need for glasses or contact lenses to improve your vision. During a refraction test, you read letters from a wall chart while your provider changes out lenses on a phoropter device.
Slit lamp: A slit lamp is a microscope with a bright light that helps your provider examine the structures in the front and back of your eye. This allows the doctor to evaluate the cornea, sclera, iris, lens, optic nerve, macula, and other important structures of the eye.
Intraocular pressure: Intraocular pressure tests the fluid pressure inside your eye to diagnose glaucoma, an eye disease that can destroy your optic nerve and cause blindness.
Retinal exam: A retinal exam focuses on the structures at the back of your eye, including your retina and optic nerve. Your provider uses a beam of light to check for abnormalities, like nerve damage, that can affect your vision and eye health.
How often do I need eye exams?
It is recommended by the American Optometric Association that an eye exam be performed at 6 months old to evaluate the health of the eye and risks for amblyopia. Children and adults should have an exam annually thereafter., if you wear glasses or contacts or have an underlying eye condition, you may need more frequent eye exams.
It's important to note that contact lens prescriptions usually require annual renewal. This ensures that individuals using contact lenses undergo a comprehensive eye examination each year to assess their eye health and update their contact lens prescription as needed.
The Mayo Eye Care LLC team is here to guide you and determine how often you should schedule an appointment based on your individual needs. Your eye health is our priority, and we're committed to providing personalized care to keep your vision in optimal condition.
Call Mayo Family Eye Care LLC to schedule eye exams for yourself and family or book an appointment online today.