Eye Exams

Eye Exams
Your eyes reveal more about your health than you know.  Your eyes are windows to your overall health and the only direct view of blood vessels that are reflective their status throughout your entire body.  Getting an eye exam is an important part of your overall health and wellness.  Many systemic diseases show early signs in the eyes and many can affect your vision.  While you’re being examined, we look for signs of: hypertension - the appearance of irregular blood vessels on the retina could indicate hypertension or risk of stroke, high cholesterol - the condition of the eye’s veins and arteries could reveal a risk factor for stroke or heart disease, diabetes - small, areas of bleeding on the retina may be an early sign of diabetes, and increases and decreases in blood sugar level which could cause blurred vision.  Diabetic retinopathy affects 4.4 million Americans.

Eye Exams Q & A

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When Should I Get an Eye Exam?

Recommendations for eye exams depend on your age and current eye and vision concerns.  If you have children they should get an eye exam every year and starting before kindergarten.  This is essential to help determine vision problems that could affect your child’s ability to learn in school.  If you are a healthy adult without any previous vision issues or eye conditions it is recommended that you get an eye exam every year.  If you are currently wearing contacts or eyeglasses, or are at risk for vision problems, you will want to get an eye exam annually.  Certain risk factors may increase the need for eye exams more frequently, such as following eye surgery, diabetes, eye infection and/or certain medications you may be taking.

What Can I Expect During an Eye Exam?

Every eye exam will vary according to the patient’s past history but there are a standard battery of tests to be performed.  Those include: Visual Acuity, Color Vision, Binocular and Stereo Vision, Visual Fields, Intra-Ocular Pressure, and Refraction.  A dilated exam should be done for a fuller view of the inside and back of the eye to rule out conditions like cataracts, retinal tears, breaks or detachments, holes, degenerations and/or glaucoma.

How Long Does an Eye Exam Take?

Most eye exams take less than an hour from the time you enter the office until you leave.  If eyewear is needed the time could be longer as you peruse the vast selection of frames and measurements are taken.  Because we have an onsite lens grinding laboratory which controls quality and speed of operation in many cases you may even choose to wait as little as an hour for the finished eyewear or just return when it is convenient for you.

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3301 S Harbor Blvd
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Santa Ana, CA 92704