If you or your child has passed a vision screening, you might think that your eyesight is fine with no need for concern, but you could be missing some serious eye problems. Vision screenings are very basic and usually only check visual acuity, just to find out if there is cause for concern with your eyesight. At Erie Optical, our comprehensive eye exams include tests for multiple eye issues and are keyed toward the age of the patient. Correcting your vision is an important first step toward eye health, but it's only the first step of many.
Children's vs. Adult's Examinations
If your child's school lets you know that your child didn't pass a vision screening, that's an important first step. The next step is to bring your child in for a comprehensive exam to confirm the school's findings and determine if and what treatment is necessary for good vision and eye health. Once in our office, we'll do a thorough examination to find out how much correction is needed for normal eyesight. We'll also do tests to see how well the eyes work together, eye-tracking ability, whether one eye is working harder than the other, and other tests to determine the general physical condition of the eyes.
With adult eye exams, we are more concerned with the growing possibility of eye disease, especially for patients over the age of 40. Adults this age should come in for an examination at least every two years and perhaps yearly depending on your individual situation. We'll check your visual acuity, and also do tests to rule out certain common eye diseases such as:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Macular degeneration
Why Get Routine Exams?
Many of our patients with eye diseases are surprised with the diagnosis. They can go for months or years without displaying any symptoms. The key to stopping or delaying the disease from progressing is to diagnose it early and start treating it right away. Sometimes making lifestyle and dietary changes can help to stabilize the condition. If you wait until your eyesight has been affected, you could suffer permanent damage that doesn't need to happen. The sooner we can start treating your eye disease, the better chance you have of delaying or even preventing permanent damage to your eyesight.
Looking for an Optometrist in Mentor, OH?
Regular eye examinations are crucial to your vision throughout your life. If you or your children haven't had your eyes examined for at least a year, it's time to come in and have them checked. Dr. Robert Waldman has been treating patients in Lake County for over 35 years. His staff is committed to providing you with professional and knowledgeable service in a caring environment. Give our office a call at 440-255-7727 to schedule an appointment today.