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Liana Engelbrecht

B.Optom(RAU) F.O.A(SA) ODC1(AEI)

The importance of a comprehensive eye exam

A periodic eye exam can reveal underlying health issues long before other symptoms are present.

In addition to identifying vision complications and eye disease, a comprehensive eye examination can also reveal conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, or even a brain tumour and cancer.

Eye exams are performed to evaluate the health of the eye and to diagnose vision impairments and disease if required. Each is comprised of a series of several tests that analyse various functions of the eye. A comprehensive eye exam can identify vision complications during their earliest stages.  Therefore providing optometrists or ophthalmologists the opportunity to treat them more easily.

A comprehensive eye exam will consist of:

• Visual acuity testing to measure the clarity of your sight at distance & close by.
• Refractive evaluation in other words the need for glasses or contact lenses.
• Visual field testing to measure your peripheral vision.
• Eye muscle testing to identify weak eye movements.
• Glaucoma testing to measure intraocular fluid pressure.
• External exam to evaluate the health of the cornea, iris, lens and surrounding tissues.
• Examination of the back of your eye, retina, and underlying blood vessels.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m healthy and can see clearly. Do I need an eye exam?
Yes. Eye examinations can reveal much more than vision impairments – they can save lives. If you haven’t had an eye exam in the past 12 to 24 months, contact us to schedule a consultation.

What should I expect during my eye examination?
An uncomplicated eye examination will take approximately 45 minutes and will include a series of tests using advanced optometric instrumentation. You will also be asked about your medical history and any vision complications you may be experiencing. Your eyes will be dilated so that the doctor can properly assess the back of the eye.

What should I expect following my consultation?
If you are given a clean bill of health with no vision impairments, you can return to your normal activities and plan to visit your us annually. If you are found to have refractive errors, you may be given a prescription for corrective lenses. In cases where disease is present, you may be asked to return for further testing or be referred out for medical treatment.

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