Comprehensive eye health is about providing a complete eye health service, not just eye tests for glasses. A truely comprehensive eye health examination will take time, expertise and requires detailed investigation of the eye’s health.
Table of contents
- What is a comprehensive eye health test?
- Why do all this?
- What does a comprehensive eye health examination include?
What is a comprehensive eye health test?
- A complete eye test provides a more thorough level of eye health care
- It’s more than just a basic eyesight test or vision check
- Appointments are longer, and should be around 40 minutes+ in duration. So the Optometrist has more time with you to deliver an extensive eye exam.
Why do all this?
Complete eye health checks are about supporting a lifetime of healthy eyesight and comfortable vision. Compromising your eye health and vision with a basic eye test can lead to missed diagnosis. In the most concerning cases, it can lead to loss of part of your sight or all of your vision. Unfortunately this does happen when a diagnosis comes too late.
What does a comprehensive eye health examination include?
The following eye health points will occur:
1. Your history
Firstly, your general health and eye health background will be discussed. Some eye conditions are inherited and others may occur as a result of lifestyle and work.
2. Internal eye health
The Optometrist will examine the internal health of your eyes. This should be done through a series of procedures using modern eye health technology, such as Optical Coherence Tomography. In fact, eye health technology can see details and parts of the eye not visible via traditional eye health checks.
Your eyes should be checked for signs of eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and retinal lesions amongst other general health conditions. Diabetes and high blood pressure can also affect your eye health.
3. External eye health
An examination of the external health of your eyes will check for signs of UV damage around the eyes. Your eye lid health and tear production should also be assessed. Your external eye health is especially important if you wear contact lenses and should form part of a comprehensive eye health exam.
4. Testing eye focusing
Your vision sharpness should be tested at multiple distances. Up to three different techniques can be used. Consequently the Optometrist will be able to understand which parts of your eye are causing any vision problems.
5. Eye coordination tests
Testing how well your eyes work together as a team is another step. Misalignment can be responsible for double vision, fatigue and headaches and can be a symptom of more serious health problems.
6. Contact lens eye health
If you wear contact lenses, the external health of your eye is essential. Particular attention should be granted to how your contact lenses are rubbing on your cornea (front of the eye) and your eye lids. Any associated eye heath problems will pose a risk to your longer term contact lens wear. Comprehensive eye health checks are essential for all contact lens wearers.
7. Health and lifestyle
A comprehensive Optometrist will provide appropriate advice regarding your general health and lifestyle. The impact of diet and lifestyle choices on your eye health and vision is vital to maintaining lifelong vision. So health and lifestyle should be discussed with you.
8. Eye medications
Therapeutic endorsement means the Optometrist can prescribe medications to treat eye conditions. Consequently, you will only be referred for more serious conditions. For example, those that require specialised medical or surgical treatment by an Ophthalmologist.
Now that you understand the differences between basic eye tests and complete eye health examinations, we hope you can see the reason we support the comprehensive approach. To book your next comprehensive eye health examination, click on “make an appointment” at the top of this page.