A regular comprehensive eye exam is important for everyone. Once per year, a visit to our local Summerville optometrist is highly recommended. Dr. James Deavers will use a series of tests to both check your visual acuity to determine if you may need corrective lenses prescribed and also screen you for common eye diseases and issues. By doing so, it ensures that you will be able to have the healthiest eyes possible and see as well as you can. In addition, since many eye problems have no obvious symptoms in their early stages, a regular eye exam gives you the best opportunity to catch any potential concerns when they are at their most easily treatable.
To check your vision, our local Summerville optometrist will use a refraction test. This will hep Dr. Deavers to find out if you are nearsighted or farsighted, because it checks the way light hits your retinas. Nearsightedness is marked by light hitting the front of your retina instead of directly and farsightedness is marked by light hitting the back of your retina. If you need corrective lenses, they will be prescribed.
A slit lamp exam gives our local Summerville optometrist a 3-D view of the various parts of your eye- the cornea, lens, iris, and the vitreous gel, which is the fluid that comprises the large area in the middle of your eye. Various lenses will be used to check your optic nerve and to observe your retinas. The drainage angle of your eye, a key component to diagnosing glaucoma, can be determined as well. Tonometry is another important test that is used to detect the presence of glaucoma. It will measure the level of pressure in the inner part of your eye. If it is excessive, it could mean that you have glaucoma.
A color vision test may be given if our local Summerville optometrist has reason to believe you may have inherited color blindness or either retinal or optic nerve disease. Depending upon your medical history and any symptoms you may have, other tests may be given including one for diabetic neuropathy. it is important that you tell Dr. Deavers about any concerns you have or symptoms you have been experiencing so that all of the appropriate tests will be given.