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Comprehensive Eye Exam in Ken Caryl, CO
At the Eyecare Center of Ken Caryl, we provide the best possible care for your eye health and vision. Located in Ken Caryl, CO, and conveniently serving the nearby communities of Littleton, Morrison, Highlands Ranch, Sterling Ranch, and Roxborough Park, Dr. Beth Seidman, Dr. Catherine Goettge, and our team of eye care professionals are dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of your eyes through comprehensive eye exams.
What is a comprehensive eye exam?
A comprehensive eye exam is a thorough evaluation of your eyes and visual system. It goes beyond a simple vision test to assess not only your ability to see clearly but also the overall health of your eyes. Our expert optometrists and team of eye care professionals use advanced diagnostic equipment and techniques to identify any underlying issues that may impact your vision or eye health.
A comprehensive eye exam typically includes the following:
- Patient history and consultation
- Visual acuity and refraction assessment
- Pupil dilation to examine the internal structures of the eye
- Intraocular pressure measurement
Review vision correction options
- Retinal imaging is recommended for people 12 years or older
Benefits of a comprehensive eye exam
Routine comprehensive eye exams are crucial in maintaining optimal vision and eye health and are an integral part of healthcare.
Early detection of vision problems
Regular eye exams can help identify vision issues, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, early on. Timely detection allows for appropriate corrective measures, such as eyeglasses or contact lenses, to be prescribed.
Detection of eye diseases
Many eye diseases, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy, often have no early warning signs. A comprehensive eye exam can detect these conditions in their early stages, allowing for prompt intervention and management.
Monitoring overall eye health
A thorough eye examination can reveal underlying health issues, such as hypertension or diabetes, before they cause significant damage to your eyes or overall health.
Maintaining an up-to-date prescription
Ensuring that your eyeglasses or contact lenses have the correct prescription is essential for clear vision and reducing eye strain. When creating an updated glasses prescription, your optometrist at Eyecare Center of Ken Caryl will consult with you about your job requirements, hobbies, and lifestyle to better understand your visual needs. Your eye doctor will then create your personalized glasses prescription and will introduce you to an optician to help you select the correct eyeglasses and lenses to provide you with optimal vision.
If you have a vision plan, your annual comprehensive eye exam to update your glasses and health screening is considered a routine vision exam. These exams are billed through your vision insurance. Invest in your vision and eye health by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam at the Eyecare Center of Ken Caryl.
What is a refraction?
A refraction is the procedure performed by your eye doctor to determine your eyeglass prescription. This is the part where the doctor asks, “Is one or two better?” Using your answers, your previous eyeglass prescription, and measurements of your eye, your Eyecare Center of Ken Caryl optometrist writes your new eyeglass prescription.
A refraction completed as part of your yearly comprehensive eye exam is traditionally covered by most vision insurance. However, it is not billable to medical insurance (e.g., Cigna, Humana, and Medicare).
Will I be dilated at my yearly comprehensive eye exam?
For the most comprehensive health evaluation, dilation is required. Dilation enlarges the pupil and gives your Eyecare Center of Ken Caryl optometrist a better view of the inside of your eye. With dilation, your optometrist can view the peripheral retina which cannot be viewed with other methods. Patients with diabetes must be dilated every year. Dilation is also used to relax your visual system to allow your eye doctor to get additional information to create your eyeglass prescription.
How long does dilation last and what are the effects? Can I drive while dilated?
Dilation lasts an average of 2-4 hours for adults and up to 24 hours for children. Dilation may make bright lights bothersome and blur vision at reading and computer distances until the dilation drops wear off. Most patients can easily drive while dilated. We’ll give you a pair of temporary sunglasses before you leave if you didn’t bring yours with you.
What is retinal photography?
Retinal photography captures an image of the inner wall of your eye, giving your eye doctors a picture of your optic nerve, macula, and blood vessels. We recommend this procedure for everyone over 12 years old as a tool to monitor for slight changes.
When these pictures are taken at your yearly comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor can compare photos over time to see if there are any changes in the eye. This helps your eye doctor diagnose medical issues right away and educate you, the patient.
Why should I bring my old glasses and contact lens boxes to the exam?
We ask that patients bring in old glasses and contact lens boxes so the eye doctor can accurately tell you the change in your prescription compared to the year before. Without this information, the doctor cannot accurately comment about significant changes in your prescription compared to your previous exams unless the contact lenses and eyeglasses were purchased from the Eyecare Center of Ken Caryl.
We also ask our patients to bring in all old glasses so we can inspect, clean, and adjust their glasses while they are in our office.