What Are Eye and Vision Exams?
Most people are familiar with standard vision tests. Children often have them at school, and adults may even be required to take one when applying for a job. These acuity tests are also necessary when applying for a driver's license. However, doing well on a vision screening does not mean you have no signs of eye disease. These screenings do not provide a complete look at the health of your eyes. That is why receiving a full eye test at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley on a regular basis is especially important. We provide comprehensive eye exams in Napa, CA, that integrate many important tests, allowing our talented team of board-certified physicians to examine your total ocular health. These vision tests in Napa, CA, are instrumental in detecting serious, vision-threatening issues, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. To help you stay on top of your ocular health, we encourage you to schedule regular appointments with our team at our Napa, CA, ophthalmology practice. It is particularly important to visit us if you have noted any changes in your vision or if it has been over two years since your last comprehensive evaluation. Our doctors have experience working with adults and children and look forward to helping you.
Eye and Vision Exams Reviews
"Five Stars - Dr. Jameson is the best. She is friendly and easy to talk to. I received a thorough eye exam and got all of my questions answered. Easy to make an appt at this office and the staff was super friendly. I felt like this office actually cares about their patients."- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 25, 2014
Who are the candidates for eye and vision exams?
We recommend regular eye exams in Napa, CA, to everyone in the community. Children should receive their first eye exam at six months of age and then again when they turn three. If there are no signs of vision problems such as refractive errors, children should see the eye doctor once every two years. If your child has a refractive error, it is recommended that they visit the eye doctor to update their lens prescription once a year. We suggest annual eye exams for patients 55 or older to look for signs of eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
What Will My Vision Exam Include?
At Eye Specialists of Napa Valley, we suggest that until the age of 40, patients have their eyes evaluated at least every five years and then every two years until age 55. After 55, we suggest annual eye exams. Eye exams in Napa, CA, usually take 30 – 90 minutes and begin with a basic visual acuity test. A refraction will allow us to determine if corrective lenses will improve your vision. We will then perform a slit lamp exam to get an enlarged, 360-degree view of your eyes. For some patients, we may dilate their eyes so we can evaluate the macula, retinal blood vessels and periphery, optic nerve, and vitreous. Specialized scans and photos of your eye, as well as visual field testing, are also performed as necessary. If we need to dilate your pupils, you may consider bringing a friend or family member to drive you home following your exam, as the dilation can last a few hours.
Eye and Vision Exams FAQ
Which eye conditions can be detected in an eye exam?
Eye exams check for several eye conditions and diseases, including:
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
How often should I have an eye exam?
At Eye Specialists of Napa Valley, we suggest that until the age of 40, patients have their eyes evaluated at least every five years and then every two years until age 55. After 55, we suggest annual eye exams.
How long does an eye exam take?
A typical eye exam in Napa, CA, lasts between 30 - 90 minutes.
Can an eye exam detect health problems or diseases?
Yes, it can. Some of the health issues an eye exam can detect include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune diseases
- Certain cancers
- Thyroid disease
- Lyme disease
Proper Eye Health
Oftentimes, people do not think about their eyes until a vision impairment occurs. However, eye health involves more than simply what you can see. We welcome you to schedule comprehensive eye tests in Napa, CA, for yourself and your loved ones with our talented ophthalmologists and optometrist at our ophthalmology office. Eye Specialists of Napa Valley uses advanced technologies and tests to ensure that any issues are treated and managed properly. We are here to help you with your eye care needs during every phase of life.
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