Some 12 million adults over age 40 in the United States have impaired vision. Further, while an estimated 93 million adults are at high risk for severe vision loss, only about half of them have visited an eye doctor within the past year.
Comprehensive eye exams can help keep your vision and eye health on track, whether you’re showing signs of a problem or not. And given that many eye conditions are progressive, the sooner you get started with checkups, the better.
Dr. Melanie Frogozo, Dr. Swati Kumar, and their expert team at Alamo Eye Care in San Antonio, Texas, are pleased to provide comprehensive eye exams for people of all ages.
Take a moment to learn more about these exams, including what to expect at your first one and what happens when you get the results.
Part of your eye exam involves a review of your eye health, including any symptoms or ongoing conditions you may be experiencing. Questions your provider might you at your comprehensive exam include:
If you’re experiencing eye symptoms, when did they start?
Have you had eye or vision problems in the past?
What medications or supplements do you take?
If you wear glasses or contacts, are you pleased with them?
Do you have a family history of glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, or other conditions?
Have you had eye or vision surgery?
Do you have any food or medication allergies?
When it’s time to examine your eyes, your Alamo Eye Care provider runs tests to measure your vision’s sharpness, the pressure in your eyes, and the overall health of your eyes. This often involves having a light shone into your eyes, which most people tolerate well.
You’re also prompted to do various tasks, such as reading letters of various sizes on a screen.
During the health check, you may have your eyes dilated. Dilation involves eye drops that open up your pupils, allowing for a detailed analysis of your eyes. Dilation also makes your eyes more sensitive to light for several hours, however, so you may need to arrange for someone else to drive you home.
After your exam, your provider discusses your results with you. If you need vision correction, they help you consider your options, such as contact lenses, glasses, and surgery.
If you’re showing signs of an eye condition, such as cataracts or macular degeneration, we discuss your next best steps and treatment options. We also let you know the ideal timing of your next exam, whether you need a follow-up in the near future or can wait for a year or longer.
To learn more about comprehensive eye exams or to get the treatment you need, call Alamo Eye Care at 210-469-9744 or text us at 210-403-9050. You can also request an appointment through our website.