Having a regular full eye exam is crucial in protecting your and your family’s eyesight. These tests allow your optometrist, Simon Kleyn, to detect changes in the front of your eye so alterations can be made to your spectacles or contact lens prescription. However, the optometrist also needs to look at the back of your eye, the retina, to check that it is healthy and not damaged or showing signs of disease. We examine the back of your eye with an Optos laser camera, there is no risk or pain and this test virtually never needs dilation eye drops.
Many eye diseases, if detected early, can be treated successfully. Regular eye care can uncover both eye and systemic (entire body) problems. If these problems are left untreated, there is a risk of disability, suffering, and loss of productivity. The goals of an eye exam is to avoid or minimize adverse effects on the eye and vision, as well as to identify potential problems early in order to prevent any problems, which may lead to vision loss.
There are also diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure which can be discovered by examining the eyes. Side effects of drugs may also sometimes be observed during eye examinations. Again, early detection is the key factor in treatment and sight preservation.