The Importance of Visiting an Eye Doctor
When was the last time you had your vision checked? If it’s been more than a year, it’s probably time that you scheduled an appointment with an eye doctor. After all, a lot can change when it comes to your vision, and sometimes these changes can be so subtle that you might not even notice them. Here at Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana, we provide comprehensive retinal care to patients in and around Baton Rouge, LA, who are dealing with a wide range of eye problems and other health problems such as diabetes that could impact eyesight.
The Importance of Annual Visits
Our Baton Rouge, LA, team— Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, and Dr. Robert Mason—recommend that all children and adults get annual visual screenings with an eye doctor. This is the best way to maintain healthy eyes and to catch problems early on when they are easier to treat and are less likely to lead to serious complications such as vision loss. A simple eye exam is one of the best ways to protect against eye disease and other problems.
Your eyes might seem fine, but this doesn’t always mean they are. Eye problems can creep up and you may not even notice until it starts to impact your vision. By visiting your eye doctor once a year for a comprehensive checkup, we can catch problems before they impact your vision. When you come in for your eye doctor appointment here’s what to expect:
- Vision tests: We will go through a variety of vision tests to check vision both up close and at a distance. Other tests will check color perception and peripheral vision.
- The exam: We will go through your medical history to look for a family history of eye disorders such as macular degeneration or glaucoma. If you are at an increased risk for glaucoma, your eye doctor may recommend getting tonometry, which tests for glaucoma.
During the glaucoma test, we will numb the eyes and check the pressure around the eyes with a special device. In some cases, a simple “puff test” will be all that’s needed to check the pressure of the eyeball. We will discuss any exams and tests we perform before we begin so you know exactly what to expect. None of these tests are invasive or painful. You will also get the results of your glaucoma test immediately.
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, we will also need to check your current prescription. You will need to go through a series of vision tests to see whether your prescription has changed or stayed the same. It’s normal for vision to change over time, so this is another reason to have your vision checked once a year if you are a current eyeglass or contact lens wearer.