Do I Need a Routine Eye Exam
and how important is it any way
Dr. John Cooksey and Dr. Richard Apt perform medical eye exams. These exams include testing the eyes for the need of glasses or contact lens. Usually the eyes are dilated to screen for cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Our diabetic patients will be screened for diabetic retinopathy. Our office offers state-of-the-art equipment that aids the doctors in diagnosing most eye disease. Most health insurance covers medical eye exams and some vision insurance is accepted at our office.
How often should I get an Eye Exam?
Everyone knows you should get an annual physical checkup and a twice-yearly dental cleaning, but when it comes to the frequency of eye exams, it’s not as simple. Contact lens wear, visual changes, and risk factors for diseases of the eye indicate the need for more frequent comprehensive eye exams, according to eye experts.
Eye health is an important part of overall health. A comprehensive eye exam helps determine the function and health of the eyes and can even detect systemic conditions before you are aware of symptoms. Early detection of any problems is important for treatment and even preventing loss of vision. Optometrists recommend that healthy adults ages 18 to 60 get eye exams every other year if they do not wear contact lenses and have no factors for health and vision problems. On the other hand, current guidelines from the American Academy of Ophthalmology call for a baseline comprehensive examination at age 40 in most healthy adults.
What does a Regular Eye Exam consist of?
Routine Eye exams are important because they detect vision problems, eye diseases, and general health problems before you are aware a problem exists. It is very important that you know that many eye diseases do not have symptoms and are irreversible. However, they can be prevented from progressing if caught early.
A comprehensive eye exam will consist of:
- A review of your personal and family health history and any history of eye problems
- Evaluation of your distance and near vision with an eye chart
- Evaluation of the presence of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presybyopia
- Near vision testing to determine if you have presbyopia and need progressive lenses or bifocals
- Evaluation of your eyes’ ability to work together as a team
- An eye pressure test and examination of the optic nerve to rule out glaucoma
- Examination of the interior of your eyes to rule out other eye problems, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Other tests may include a Color Blindness Test, a Vision Field Test, or any other specialized tests that the doctor feels necessary.
What kind of eye diseases can be detected during a routine eye exam?
This list is a few of many conditions that can be detected by routine eye examination and then treated effectivelyat Cooksey Vision & Cosmetic Center.
- Nearsightedness (Myopia)
- Farsightedness (Hyperopia)
- Dry eye
- Computer vision syndrome
- Eyelid inflammation (Blepharitis)
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Floaters and flashes
- Corneal disease
- Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy
- Excess eyelid skin (Dermatochalasis)
- Excessive tears (Epiphora)
If you are not seeing 20/20 the doctor will usually correct vision with glasses or contact lenses. However, if the doctor finds something in the exam that can indicate an eye disease they will conduct further testing and develop a treatment plan.
Cooksey Vision and Cosmetic Center provides Regular, Medical, and Routine Eye Exams for patients from greater Monroe, Northern Louisiana and Southern Arkansas and is conveniently located for patients traveling from West Monroe, Bastrop, Winnsboro, Rayville, Gilbert, Columbia, as well as Ruston, Calhoun, Choudrant and Eldorado Arkansas. To schedule an appointment for a Regular Eye Exam or Medical Eye Exam please call us in Monroe at (318)388-2020 or in Ruston at (318)255-9686.