The Standard Eye Exam
Our Standard Eye Exam sets the standard for what an eye exam should be. This particular examination may be basic in scope, but it can be long and lasting in consequences. We check your vision, to see how well you can really see. Instead of guessing, hoping or wondering as to the quality of your vision, we put it to the test. Through various vision tests, we’re able to determine if you need corrective lenses or not. Should you not need them, we’ll send you on your way.
However, should you require eyeglasses, we can help. Here at Ottica, we have quite a catalog of eyeglasses and frames for you to choose from. We can help you to find the right frames that fits your look as well as your lifestyle. If you’re someone that would prefer contact lenses, we can assist you there as well. We can give you a prescription for the type of lenses that will allow you to live your life on your terms. This is why there’s nothing basic about the Standard Eye Exam!
Comprehensive Eye Exam
Another form of eye examination we offer is called the “Comprehensive Eye Exam.” We didn’t name this examination lightly or on a whim. This examination is just what it sounds like: comprehensive. It covers all of the tests and information that you may want to know about your eyes. With this examination, we can determine whether or not you need corrective vision lenses, but more importantly, we can know all there is to know about your eye health, as well.
In our bodies, pain lets us know when something’s wrong. When your teeth or gums hurt, it’s time to see a dentist. When your feet hurt, it’s time to see the podiatrist. When you hurt your hand and the pain won’t go away, you go to the emergency room, an urgent care, or something similar. Pain in our bodies lets us know that something is wrong, and something must be fixed or changed until we can feel good again.
Our eyes don’t work in the same fashion. Sure, if there’s something wrong with our vision, (our vision is blurry, all of a sudden we can’t see long distances, that kind of thing) then we’ll go to a medical professional. However, there can be serious problems with our eyes that don’t affect our vision… yet. Grave concerns that can threaten our health and our well-being can build in our eyes, where we really don’t have pain receptors. There, these problems can grow stronger and stronger. We can’t really tell that something’s wrong until it’s too late.
This is where our eye exams come in. With our eye examination, we’ll be able to check your eyes thoroughly and completely. If there’s a potential problem with your eyes, we’ll be able to find it. Should there be something in or around your eyes which could cause serious problems to your health down the line, then the sooner we find it, the better. That way, we can catch problems before they get worse, and treat them before they have the opportunity to damage your eyes more seriously.
One example that most people don’t think about is diabetes. Sure, we know diabetes as something that can occur due to our weight, high blood sugar levels and the like. High blood sugar levels can damage our blood vessels, including the blood vessels in our retinas. We’ve had several clients who discovered they suffered from diabetes (as well as a host of other problems) through our comprehensive eye examinations. Eye health is not separate from the health of the rest of our body. Everything is intertwined. By making sure that your eyes are in good health, you’re protecting your general, overall health.
What the Comprehensive Test Includes
In short, our comprehensive test includes everything. To expand upon that a bit, our comprehensive test can do everything that the standard test does and more. So, we’ll let you know if your prescription has changed, but we’ll also be able to check for every kind of eye disease or malady. We can let you know if you’re just dealing with seasonal allergies, or if you have a case of “dry eyes.” Glaucoma can be a serious concern as we age. Our tests can discern the early signs so that they can be dealt with in its infancy.
Additionally, these tests can thoroughly examine your eye tracking and eye coordination. As with the diseases, these are the kinds of tests you want to have sooner rather than later. For example, if your eye coordination or eye tracking are getting worse and lessening than you want to get that treated as soon as possible. Better to find out they’re worsening in the safe Ottica environment as opposed to out on the road. By getting your eyes checked out by our medical professionals, you’re making sure that you can continue to live your life in the manner to which you’re accustomed. An eye exam is like checking out any other part of your body: you want to make sure that it’s healthy and working as it should.
Time to Get Your Eyes Examined?
Some people should get their eyes examined every year, whereas others are OK getting their eyes checked every few years. Obviously, if your eyes are hurting, or something’s wrong with your vision, then you want to get your eyes checked as soon as possible. If you already have eyeglasses or contact lenses, it makes sense to get your eyes checked yearly. After all, your vision may change. Should it get worse, then you want corrective eyewear that keeps up with your eyes, so that you can always have the best and clearest vision possible.
For most people who don’t already have eyeglasses, how often you should get your eyes checked depends on your age. If you’re between the ages of 20 and 39, then you can wait a few years. Every two to three years is probably in the ballpark for someone in that age range. However, once you turn 40, then you want to get your eyes checked every couple of years. The problem is that eye disease and other problems with our eyes become more common as we age. Once you hit the big 4-0, then getting your eyes examined every two years is a great way to stay ahead of any potential eye problems.
Eye Examinations, Eye Lenses, and Options
No matter what our examinations find, we don’t just find the answer and then send you out the door. Once we’ve completed our examination, one of our medical professionals will sit down with you and review the results in an easy-to-understand manner. Through that, you’ll know everything that’s going on with your eye health and more. From there, we’ll be able to provide you with solutions to your the eye care and eye health.
There are many different kinds of treatments available here at Ottica. We have all of the different kinds of eye care that you could want. To schedule a free consultation and begin the process, just give us a call at (310) 873-6141. We’ll be happy to help!