When you think about preventative wellness, make sure you’re including your eyes. Regular eye exams can make all the difference between a lifetime of optimal vision and tragic vision loss from a lurking, undetected eye disease. That’s why Brighton Eye Associates provides comprehensive eye exams in Brighton, CO for families just like yours.
The Importance of Scheduling Comprehensive Brighton Eye Exams
Comprehensive eye exams should be scheduled at regular intervals. The American Optometry Association recommends that:
- The first three eye exams for children take place at the ages of 6 months, 3 years and 5 to 6 years.
- Older children and adults aged 18 to 60 should have their eyes examined (a) every two years if no vision problems or eye conditions have been diagnosed, or (b) every year for at-risk individuals or those who require eye/vision treatment.
- Seniors aged 61 and older should schedule a comprehensive eye exam every year.
Why the frequency? Many of the most destructive eye diseases can develop years before you become aware of any changes in your eyesight. Diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma can cause permanent, debilitating vision loss, and they damage they cause can’t be reversed. The sooner we bring any of these problems to light, the sooner you can start getting them under control to save your ocular health.
What to Expect During Your Comprehensive Eye Exam
A proper comprehensive eye exam can take over an hour due to the amount of detail that is involved. The major portions of our Brighton eye exams include:
- Consultation – Your optometrist will ask you about your medical history, any medications you’re currently taking, workplace and other lifestyle factors, as well as any current eye strain or vision problems you may be experiencing.
- Eye health evaluation – We may dilate your pupils to view the retina, macula, optic nerve and blood vessels. Slit lamp testing is used to examine the front of the eye, while a technique called tonometry measures eye pressure. These evaluations can detect glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, eye tumors and macular degeneration early enough to preserve your vision through treatment.
- Eye function evaluation – Even the healthiest eyes can falter if they’re challenged by faulty eye alignment, dominance, teaming, tracking, depth perception, color sense, focusing or other functional problems. We can test these and other functions to determine you can benefit from vision therapy or other treatments.
- Vision testing – A technique called retinoscopy lets us see how the eye is refracting incoming light. Eye chart reading reveals whether have a particular type of refractive error. We can then make vision adjustments using a phoropter until we get your exact corrective lens prescription.
Time for an Eye Exam in Brighton? Schedule Yours Today!
If you’re due for a Brighton eye exam, don’t put your ocular health on hold. Call (303) 659-3036 today to schedule an exam at Brighton Eye Associates!