What is Optometry?
Optometry is the practice or profession of examining the eyes. Eye doctors, or optometrists, use certain instruments to look for defects in vision so that they can prescribe corrective lenses to help their patients to see better. They also treat certain eye disorders to give patients healthy eyes.
What is an Optometrist?
An optometrist is a healthcare professional who helps patients with their vision. They do sight testing and prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses. They are also able to diagnose, treat, and manage vision changes.
Though an optometrist is able to do a lot to help their patients have good vision, they are not medical doctors. Instead, they go through four years of optometry school after completing three or four years of college. After optometry school, they receive their doctor or optometry degree.
At that time, they can practice optometry, which involves eye examinations, vision tests, and prescribing corrective lenses. They are also able to prescribe medication for some eye diseases.
How often should I have an eye exam?
How often you should have an eye examination depends on your age. It is recommended that children have an eye examination when they are about three. After that, they should have an examination every two years if they have good vision. If they have to wear contact lenses or glasses, they should be seen yearly.
Adults over eighteen should have an examination every two years, unless they are high-risk patients. High-risk patients are ones who have eye problems in their family. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you should have an examination more often. There are also prescriptions that may affect your eyes. If you are on anything like that, you will need to go to the eye doctor more often.
As a person ages, they will have to be watched more closely. It is recommended that once you turn sixty-one, you should have your eyes examined every year.
What will happen at my eye exam?
Though it may be different if you go to an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, your eye examination should involve several parts.
First, your doctor will want to go over your history, especially if you are a new client, to learn if you are at risk for any certain eye diseases. Then, he or she will test your visual acuity, which is how clearly you are able to see. This is done by asking you to read letters off of a chart that is placed twenty feet away from you.
A confrontation visual field checks to see how well you see all around you, including your peripheral vision. Your doctor will also test your pupils’ response to light and how well your eyes move when they are following objects.
Your vision is always tested to see what prescription will work for your eyes. As you look through a machine called a phoropter, your doctor will ask you which lens looks clearer. This will last until you find a prescription that allows you to see really well.
You may also have a slit lamp test done to evaluate the health of your eyes. The doctor can see both the front and back of your eyes. Some doctors also check for your intraocular pressure. Some will dilute your eyes to get a better look inside them.
A thorough examination may take about an hour to complete. However, it is really important to make sure you can see clearly and your eyes are healthy.
What is vision therapy?
Vision Therapy is a series of exercises to improve the connection between the eyes and the brain.
How often do you have to train your eyes?
1-2 times a week, each lasting 30-60 minutes.
How long will it take for my eyes to get stronger?
Your eye muscles will not change but the neurological response time between the eyes and the brain depends on the individual. Most see an improvement after the first few sessions and vision therapy has been very beneficial for those with limited options.
Does Vision Therapy really work?
Yes. Many studies on vision therapy have shown great results and a high rate of success, which is why it is becoming more commonly prescribed to patients, both children and adults.