The first thing people usually think of when people think about eye exams is getting evaluated for prescription eyeglasses. However, there are other reasons to get an eye exam. In fact, everyone should see an optometrist in Ladson for a regular comprehensive eye testing even if there are no vision problems.
Comprehensive eye exams are very important tools used by an experienced optometrist in Ladson, like James Deavers, OD, PA to gain a clear picture of the patient’s overall eye health and wellness. While evaluating for refractive errors and determining if the patient needs eyeglasses is part of the exam, that is only one part of it. Someone can have no noticeable vision problems and can still have a very serious eye disease or condition. There are many serious eye diseases and conditions that show no symptoms in the beginning stages. For many of these conditions, once symptoms become obvious, the patient is at risk for vision loss and even complete blindness in some cases. The only way to catch these eye diseases and conditions early enough is to get comprehensive eye testing done regularly. Typically, they should be done annually unless otherwise instructed by the eye doctor. When the optometrist sees the patient frequently enough, he is able to detect eye diseases and conditions early which allows for early treatment and gives the patient the best possible outcome. Comprehensive eye exams also allow the eye doctor to detect signs of non-eye related illness such as diabetes and high cholesterol. Sometimes the eye doctor is the first person to detect these diseases. If the eye doctor detects general health problems during the eye exam, he would refer the patient to a specialist who would do further evaluations and would provide the treatment plan. The optometrist’s eye exam and findings plays an important role in the ability for the patient to receive early treatment.
If you’re due for your comprehensive eye exam, don’t wait. Contact our office today so we can schedule your appointment with our optometrist in Ladson.