As a new year begins, we’re usually thinking of the goals we’d like to set for ourselves. After the 12 months we just had, the concept of New Years Resolutions has changed for many people. Around the world, many people are focused primarily on how they can stay healthy and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. We understand that 2020 may have presented us with more challenges than we were ready for. Now that we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel as viable vaccines and treatments are being developed, it’s time to consider the wider picture of health and wellness. If it’s been a while since you’ve had your eyes examined, now is a great time to contact Central Florida Eye Institute. We’re here to help you see a brighter future.
A Wellness Exam Focused on Your Vision
Routine vision exams do more than measure how well you see. An experienced ophthalmologist is your first line of defense against eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts. Our patients benefit from personalized, comprehensive eye exams that observe and attend to current needs based on heredity, medical history, and life stages. Depending on personal history, a wellness vision exam may include any of the following.
One of the simple screenings that are involved in the routine ophthalmic exam is the glaucoma screening. Glaucoma is a common eye disease that affects intraocular pressure. The eyes naturally have a balance of pressure that stabilizes various structures, including the retina and the optic nerve. Glaucoma occurs when the pressure inside the eye is elevated. An ophthalmologist checks eye pressure using a quick and painless measurement. The pupils and peripheral vision of each eye are also checked because this is where glaucoma damage often occurs first.
A refractive and retinal exam observes how the retina bends light. When light does not focus properly inside the eye (refractive errors), vision gets blurred. Common refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism may require contact lenses or eyeglasses. These errors may also be correctable with laser treatment such as LASIK.
This examination uses a special lighted microscope that both illuminates and magnifies the front of the eye. This exam is done to evaluate the tear film and also the lens, cornea, iris, and eyelids. The slit-lamp exam may provide early clues to the development of cataracts.
Vision is integral to wellness. To keep your vision on track, start your year with a vision wellness exam. Call (352) 237-8400 to schedule your visit to our Ocala office.