Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examinations
Periodic eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss.
The American Optometric Association recommends comprehensive eye exams at 6 months of age, 3 years old, 5 years old and every year thereafter. Eyes develop and change quickly, so it is incredibly important to have children’s eyes examined by a doctor. Vision screenings at school or at their pediatrician can identify severe vision problems, but many get missed without a comprehensive exam with a pediatric eye doctor, such as Dr. Hicks.
The SeePort Optometry Eye Exam Experience
Assessment of accommodation, ocular motility and binocular vision determines how well the eyes focus, move and work together. In order to obtain a clear, single image of what is being viewed, the eyes must effectively change focus, move and work in unison. This testing will look for problems that keep your eyes from focusing effectively or make using both eyes together difficult. This is an example of a common issue that is not tested for during a vision screening. Dr. Hicks and staff make sure the eyes work well together, which is just as important as the power of your glasses.
Additional testing may be needed based on the results of the previous tests to confirm or rule out possible problems, to clarify uncertain findings, or to provide a more in-depth assessment.
At the completion of the examination, your optometrist Dr. Hicks will evaluate your eye health and explain available treatment options if necessary. In some cases, referral for consultation with, or treatment by, an ophthalmologist or other health care provider may be necessary.
If you have questions regarding any eye or vision conditions diagnosed, or treatment recommended, don’t hesitate to ask for additional information or explanation from your doctor. Visit our Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration page to learn more about the diseases Dr. Hicks checks for during each comprehensive examination.