Regular Exams and Testing
Routine eye exams are important — regardless of your
age or your physical health.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor
does much more than just determine your prescription
for eyeglasses or contact lenses. He or she will
also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess
how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate
your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
Eye examinations are an important part of health
maintenance for everyone. Adults should have their
eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and
to check for early signs of eye disease. And eye
exams for children play an important role in
ensuring normal vision development and academic
achievement of all kids.
Vision is closely linked to the learning process.
Children who have trouble seeing or interpreting
what they see will often have trouble with their
schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain
of vision problems simply because they don't know
what "normal" vision looks like. If your child
performs poorly at school or exhibits a reading or
learning disability, be sure to have his eyes
examined by an eye doctor who specializes in
children's vision to rule out an underlying visual
Although nerve damage and visual loss from glaucoma
cannot usually be reversed, glaucoma is a disease
that can generally be controlled. That is, treatment
can make the intraocular pressure normal and,
therefore, prevent or retard further nerve damage
and visual loss. Treatment may involve the use of
eye drops, pills (rarely), laser, or surgery.
In the United States, eye drops are usually used
first in treating most types of open-angle glaucoma.
In contrast, in Europe, laser or surgery is
sometimes the first choice, at least more often than
it is in the United States. One or more types of eye
drops may have to be taken up to several times a day
to lower intraocular pressure. These drops work
either by reducing the production of the aqueous
fluid (shutting the faucet) or by increasing the
drainage of the fluid out of the eye. Each type of
therapy has its benefits and potential
Brightness Acuity Testing (BAT)
Disability Visual Field Testing
Color Vision Testing