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What to Expect from an Eye Exam

Your eye health is very important, and an eye exam can scan for eye diseases and protect your eyes for years to come. Here are some tests and evaluations you can expect to receive during your eye exam with Vision Eye Group.

Cataract Evaluation

Cataracts are cloudy spots in the lens of the eye that can cause blurred vision. The condition is common, but if untreated, it can result in vision loss or even blindness.

Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Clouded or blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Headache
  • Eye pain
  • Seeing objects in a yellow color

Your doctor can determine whether you have cataracts with a thorough eye examination. During your eye exam:

  • Your eyes will be dilated
  • A retinal camera will be used to view the retina, optic disk, and blood vessels
  • Your prescription will be tested

If a cataract is detected, Vision Eye Group will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to manage or remove the cataract. Severe cataracts may require surgery.

Glaucoma Evaluation

Glaucoma is caused when extra fluid and pressure in the eye causes buildup that damages the optic nerve. It is very common, with more than 3 million cases every year, and is most often seen in people aged 50 or older.

Symptoms of glaucoma include:

  • Eye redness
  • Eye pain
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Seeing halos around lights and light glare
  • Vision loss

During a glaucoma evaluation, Vision Eye Group’s doctors will:

  • Examine and measure your optic nerve
  • Measure eye pressure and the cornea
  • Inspect the eye’s drainage angle
  • Test peripheral vision

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness, but if caught early and properly treated, this can be mitigated before it’s too late. If your doctor detects glaucoma, you may be recommended for glaucoma surgery.

Macular Degeneration Evaluation

Macular degeneration, also called age-related macular degeneration, refers to the thinning of the macula, which causes blurred or reduced central vision. It is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in adults aged 60 or older, so it’s very important to get evaluated, especially if you are in the typical onset age.

Symptoms of macular degeneration include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Visual illusions
    • Straight lines are wavy
    • Objects look smaller than they are in reality
  • A gray, dark, or empty area in center of your visual field
  • Pale color vision
  • Blindness

Macular degeneration is often caught in eye exams before symptoms appear, so make sure your eyes are evaluated frequently.

During dilation, your doctor will look for drusen, or yellow deposits underneath the retina. Photographs or scans of your eyes may also be analyzed to diagnose macular degeneration.

Vision Eye Group provides the comprehensive eye exams you need to maintain eye health and vision quality.

Our ophthalmologists perform thorough evaluations to ensure your eyes are healthy and functioning properly. Should we detect an issue, we will create a detailed treatment plan to either correct the problem or slow its progression. Schedule an eye exam with our team today: 478-744-1710