Eye Exams – Diagnosis & Treatment
We are skilled and experienced in performing precise eye exams for patients of all ages. During these eye examinations, we will assess your visual acuity and ocular health. To provide you with the most accurate diagnoses possible, we utilize advanced optometric equipment. Depending upon your individual requirements, we may use procedures such as OCT Scans, Digital Retinal Imaging, Visual Field Testing, and the OPTOS Retinal Exam.
If your medical eye exam in Uncasville, Mystic, or Newington, CT, leads to a diagnosis of eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma, our eye doctors will manage it to avoid further complications and vision loss. We will advise you to schedule regular eye exams, so we can keep a close watch on your condition for any changes. This is the best way to ensure that you are receiving the most effective treatment possible.
Regardless of your age or physical health, it's important to have regular eye exams.
A complete health and ocular history will be taken and a refraction will be done to determine your eye wear prescription. In addition, the following tests will be performed:
- An Internal and External Eye Health Analysis
- Eye Muscle Coordination Skill Testing
- Depth Perception and Color Vision Testing
- Neurological Pupil Evaluation
- Glaucoma Testing
- Blood Pressure
- Retinal scans and/or photos if warranted
Eye care experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every year to assess your risk for potentially damaging eye conditions, as well as to keep on top of any changes in vision you may be experiencing.
Children. Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined every year throughout school.
Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor's instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Adults. The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don't normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every year. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure, and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
If you are over 40, it's a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Read more about Vision After 40.
Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read more about Vision After 60.