You may wonder why a yearly eye appointment typically lasts well over an hour. Remember that the goal is to not only measure your visual acuity for glasses or contacts, but to evaluate your complete eye health. There are lots of moving parts to your comprehensive ophthalmology visit. Your exam occurs in three distinct sections: technician testing, dilation, and exam with physician.
Vision changes from cataracts impact personal safety and wellbeing. The best time for surgery is when cataracts negatively impact quality of life, or glasses and contacts are no longer effective. On average, patients delay cataract surgery five years longer than necessary. That’s five years of needless struggle with limitations of poor vision.
Always err on the side of caution when it comes to your vision. Many mild symptoms can mimic those of more serious eye diseases and permanently damage vision if left untreated. Notify your eye doctor immediately if you notice sudden changes or have an eye injury. Your ophthalmologist will help evaluate and triage your symptoms.
Changes in the eye’s blood vessels may signal an elevated risk of heart disease, stroke or aneurysm. If your eye doctor sees any of these signs during a dilated eye exam, it could be literally life-saving!
September is Healthy Aging Month and a great time to see your eye doctor.