What Does a Routine Eye Exam Include?
Quality eye care involves more than a quick exam. Primary vision care can detect eye diseases at an early stage, identify patients who may be susceptible to vision problems as they get older, and even uncover undiagnosed illnesses that aren’t directly related to vision. Primary vision care involves:
- Educating patients about maintaining and promoting healthy vision
- A comprehensive vision exam
- Screening for eye diseases or conditions without symptoms
- Performing refractive tests to determine if a patient needs prescription lenses
- Creating a treatment plan to treat eye conditions or diseases
- Determining if specialized care is necessary
- Performing cataract or another eye surgery if needed
We recommend comprehensive eye exams for all ages beginning at 6 months old. We check depth perception, determine eye health, and look for any signs of cross-eye or other congenital disorders. We’ll also screen their color vision once they reach a certain age. Many eye conditions develop in childhood such as amblyopia, or “lazy eye,” where sight does not develop normally in one eye. If left untreated during early childhood, amblyopia and similar issues may not be treatable in later years. Regular exams can help you stay ahead of these conditions and keep development on track.
How Often Should You Get an Eye Exam?
At all ages, individuals should have their eyes checked annually at the very least. Many ocular diseases present without any symptoms, but we can detect these concerns early and start a personalized management plan well before they affect your vision.
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Do I Need an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist?
Both types of eye doctors can play an important role in your vision care. Optometrists (O.D.) provide primary eye care and can examine, diagnose, treat, and manage eye diseases and conditions. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (M.D.s) who complete specialized training after getting their medical degrees. The board-certified ophthalmologists at our practice have undergone extensive training in all aspects of eye health and focus on the medical and surgical aspects of vision care. Optometrists cannot perform surgery, but they do work with ophthalmologists to provide patients with optimal care.
How Long Does a Routine Eye Exam Take?
If you’re looking for an eye doctor in Manhattan, Queens (Jackson Heights and Jamaica), or throughout New York City, our optometrists and ophthalmologists provide expert vision care to adults and children. Request an appointment using the online form or call us at (866) 599-8774 and a member of our team will help you.
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