When you take advantage of our Dorchester SC eye care by getting a yearly eye exam, you give yourself the benefits of outstanding vision and optimal eye health. Dr. Deavers will test your eyesight and prescribe corrective lenses if needed. And you will also be screened for the most common eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and (if applicable to you) diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. These and other eye diseases reveal no symptoms in their early stages, so the only way to detect them is through an eye exam. This is vital because by the time you do become aware of any signs, it typically means that you have already experienced some level of vision loss or eye damage, both of which might not be reversible.
A complete eye exam evaluates your entire field of vision, from up close to far away, and in-between, including your peripheral (side-to-side) vision. Our Dorchester SC eye care includes a visual acuity test to determine how well you see through each eye separately and both together. If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, bring them with you so you can be tested with and without them. A refraction test will decide what prescription, if any, you require. And a visual field test gauges your peripheral vision. In addition, if you have problems distinguishing colors or you have a family history of color blindness, a color vision test will probably be done, too.
For determining the presence of glaucoma, the most important test is tonometry, which measures your internal eye pressure. For cataracts, a slit-lamp exam is done for detection purposes. Other supplemental tests may also be done as needed for Dr. Deavers to form a proper diagnosis. Macular degeneration is tested for from age 40 and up, while diabetic retinopathy is a concern if you have type one or type two diabetes. Should it turn out that you do have an eye disease, our Dorchester SC eye care will be centered on finding the appropriate treatment and management options for you. In some cases, this might be as simple as a new prescription or eye drops. In more severe circumstances, the proper remedies can range from lifestyle adjustments to surgery. Bear in mind, though, that the odds for the best outcomes are strongly linked to early detection. All the more reason to schedule your eye exam now.