At Eye Care Associates in Optometry, we recognize and understand that seeing any type of doctor can be daunting and scary. That's why we strive to ensure each of our patients feels welcome, loved, and supported from the moment they walk into our office. Keep reading below to have some of your most common questions about eye exams answered.
What Happens During an Eye Exam?
During an exam, your optometrist will check your eyes for common diseases like glaucoma, amblyopia, and cataracts. Additionally, the doctor will examine your eyes to determine if you either need a new or updated prescription for corrective lenses like contacts or eyeglasses. We evaluate your eyes as a holistic approach to your overall health.
Why are Regular Eye Exams Important?
Even if you already have 20/20 vision, an eye exam can serve as a barometer for your overall health because the eyes are the only place in the body where your veins and arteries can be examined without having surgery. Consequently, a comprehensive eye exam can lead to early indicators of a stroke, brain tumors, cardiovascular disease, and more. Additionally, as we age the more likely it is that we develop an eye-related ailment like glaucoma or macular degeneration so ensuring that you are consistently seeing an eye doctor will help catch these potential issues earlier than later.
Do I Need a Dilated Eye Exam?
Dilated eye exams are recommended because they allow the optometrist to see all the blood vessels and veins within the eye. With just a couple of eye drops, the pupils will expand so that the doctor can have a clear view of your retina and optic nerve. If you have a dilated eye exam, it is recommended you have someone available to drive you home as your eyes will be very sensitive to sunlight. Also, you may experience blurred vision for several hours after the exam is finished.
Do Eye Exams Hurt?
An eye exam will not hurt. Our friendly and professional staffs work to ensure your experience is enjoyable while at our office, let us know if you experience any pain or are uncomfortable during the eye exam.
Schedule an eye Exam with Our Optometrist in New York
Call Eye Care Associates in Optometry today at (212) 583-9000 for more information or to schedule an eye exam with our eye doctor.