Don’t wait until you have vision problems to schedule an eye exam. If you wait too long, irreversible damage may have already occurred. We recommend that healthy adults have an exam every 1-2 years, but if you have any underlying health issues or eye diseases, we will want to see you more often.
During eye exams at Azul Vision, we will perform routine and specialty tests to diagnose vision conditions:
- Retinoscopy: to measure your refractive error and let you know if you need a new prescription
- Silt lamp: to assess overall eye health
- Visual field test: to diagnose glaucoma by taking pictures of the retinal layers
- Optical Coherence Topography (OCT) scan: to measure your peripheral (side) vision and diagnose conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and more
- Retinal photography: to diagnose retinal conditions such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy as well as glaucoma, high blood pressure and more
- Pediatric eye tests: to identify problems like amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes) or congenital cataracts
These tests are painless and they may seem rather simple, but the information we gather from these assessments give our doctors a clear sense of how healthy your eye is from the inside out. Using different types of technology, we can often diagnose eye diseases before any symptoms have started to occur. This is the very best way to protect your eye health: early diagnosis and prompt treatment.
It is even possible for your doctor to see signs of other health problems during your eye exam – conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and more.
How to Prepare for Your Eye Exam
The more information you can gather prior to your appointment, the more streamlined your eye exam will be. In addition, arriving prepared will help you remember to cover all of the questions you want to ask your doctor.
- Write down all of the vision problems you are having such as blurriness, double vision, dark spots, floaters or flashes, dull colors, cloudiness, etc.
- Write down all of the medical problems you are having such as diabetes, high blood pressure, injury, surgeries, etc.
- Write down specific questions you want to ask your doctor.
- Bring your current glasses or contact lenses.
- Gather your medical insurance card, driver’s license, contact information of your primary care doctor and payment method to bring to your appointment.
- Make a list of all medications you are currently taking.
- If you don’t know already, research your family history of eye diseases so you can share that information with your doctor.
- Fill out patient forms in advance by downloading them from our website and bringing them to your appointment.
You may want to have someone drive you home from your eye exam – especially if your eyes will be dilated.
Remember, the eye exam is time that has been dedicated just for you. It’s not just for our team to assess your eye health; it’s a time for you to ask questions about why your eye health has changed, what you can do to improve it, how you can prevent eye problems, etc. We would be honored to help protect your eyesight.
Stay proactive with your eye health – and your general health.
Schedule an Eye Exam today!