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How Do I Know When I Need a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

May is healthy vision month. When was your last comprehensive eye exam? Getting your eyes tested periodically is one of the most effective steps you can take to ensure your eyesight remains in top form. During this procedure, your optometrist thoroughly examines your eyes, making sure you're clear of commonly occurring vision problems and eye diseases, several of which do not have early modes of detection.

The procedure starts with what's referred to as a visual acuity test, which uses an eye chart to assess how your vision behaves at different distances. The outside of your eye will also be properly examined.

Once these tests are completed, your optometrist may go ahead and examine your retina using specialized diagnostic technology. This really matters, because it will tell your optometrist necessary information about the state of your eye health, as well as information about your overall health. To give an example, it can reveal signs of diabetes and also indicate abnormal blood pressure.

You will also be checked for signs of glaucoma. This is done by checking your eye pressure, with a small puff of air pointed straight onto the eye.

Now is the time to protect your eyes. Commit to making your eye health a foremost concern, and schedule a comprehensive examination today.