Comprehensive eye examination is important for the prevention and early detection of eye conditions and diseases. It is the foundation for making your vision last a lifetime.
In the absence of any obvious eye problem, you may assume that your eyes are healthy, but can never be sure unless you get them examined. Some vision threatening diseases like glaucoma may not show symptoms until irreversible damage has occurred; thereby making it difficult and sometimes impossible to manage them successfully. Comprehensive eye examination can help detect these diseases at their early stages, when they can still be treated and managed without complications. Also the examination can help identify risk factors for a disease giving you opportunity to take precautions to prevent the disease.
Comprehensive eye examination consists of several tests carried out by an eye doctor to check your eye health and assess your visual system. The tests performed may vary from eye doctor to eye doctor and could last up to an hour or more depending on the test procedures and doctor’s review. Major components of a comprehensive eye examination include
- Case history
- Visual acuity test
- Binocular vision test
- External examination
- Slit lamp examination
- Supplemental tests