Visiting An Optometrist


Most people get really nervous to go to the optometrist for the first time. This might stem from the fact that most individuals have not visited with an eye doctor since they were in elementary school. However, there is absolutely nothing to be scared of when visiting with an optometrist. First and foremost, you need to know that the doctor's entire job is to help you see more clearly. He or she is going to examine your eyes and help you in any way that they can. Still, it can be a little bit intimidating meeting with an optometrist. Here are a few different exercises that you can expect to do when you are meeting with the eye doctor. 

Eye Muscles

It is very important that your eye muscles are working properly. In order to test your eye muscles, the doctor is going to have you follow a light around, up and down, then back and forth. This is to ensure that your eye muscles can actually move your eye in the right direction. The doctor may also test how well you are able to quickly process information. The doctor will have you notify him or her when the light reaches a specific spot on the wall. This can be a little stressful, but it can help the doctor get an idea of how well your optical nerve is functioning.

General Vision

The Snellen Chart is one of the most common tools that optometrists use to get an idea of your general vision. The chart has larger letters or numbers at the top, and the numbers get progressively smaller going down the chart. The doctor will have you read the letters or numbers with different eyes and at different distances. The doctor will then generally know what type of problem, if any, your eyes are having. 

Pressure Check

A common problem is that your eyes can become over pressured. Eye pressure can come from small blood vessels within your eye. No matter where the pressure is coming from, it needs to be corrected, or it can cause lasting damage to your eye. The doctor will take photographs of specific parts of your eye to get a better look. Do not worry; these pictures do not hurt in the least. The doctor will then look at the overall anatomy of your eye to see exactly how healthy your eyes are. 

To learn more, contact an optometrist at an office such as Sheinkopf And Tomasik Eye Associate.


17 July 2017

Visiting Your Optometrist Early

When a friend of mine started experiencing cloudy vision, they decided to put off a trip to their optometrist's office. Unfortunately, three months later, they found themselves completely blind in one eye—a condition that ended up being permanent. It turned out that they had an undiagnosed eye infection that destroyed their vision. After hearing about that problem, we realized that it might be smart to visit our eye doctor early—before permanent problems set in. Check out this blog for reasons not to skip out on early vision appointments, so that you can protect your family's vision and keep everyone happy and healthy.