Eye exams are crucial to determine whether or not an individual has good eye health. Both children and adults should undergo period eye exams as a preventative measure to preserve good vision. In case of children, eye exams become more important because they may not realize if their vision is becoming weak, and an eye exam will show the accurate status.
An individual who has undergone an eyelid surgery or a medical eye care procedure should also have period eye exams to maintain a follow up on their vision. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations can receive eye exams at the office of Dr. Jennifer Hui, who is an experienced oculoplastic surgeon in the area.
Many eye diseases may not be diagnosed without an eye exam because of the lack of obvious symptoms. An eye doctor will make use of advanced instruments such as refractors to see what lies beyond the surface of the eye. Therefore, a periodic eye exam is a pre-requisite to healthy eyes.
Patients should know that eye exams are not only meant to check the vision or keeping the prescription up to date. The exam also allows an eye doctor to check on eye pressure. If the pressure goes up and remains untreated, it may lead to glaucoma. The eye doctor will usually dilate the patient’s eye to get a clearer look at the condition.
For a diagnosis of glaucoma, diabetes or macular degeneration, the eye doctor will usually perform a dilated eye exam. If the condition is diagnosed early, it can help to prevent severe vision loss. Experienced eye surgeon Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and other neighborhoods in this part of the country for eye exams and various cosmetic surgery and medical eye treatment procedures.
Dilated Eye Exam
Dilation is a vital part of a comprehensive eye exam, which may also include tonometry, visual field test and a visual acuity test. The eye doctor will place drops in each eye to widen the pupil. Once the pupil is dilated, it will allow more light to enter the eye. The dilated eye will then be examined with the help of a special magnifying lens to have a clear view of the vital tissues at the back of the eye, including the optic nerve, the macula and the retina.
Diabetic Retinopathy Patients
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and is a major cause of blindness in the US. They dilated eye exam in such patients may reveal leaking or swelling of the blood vessels in the retina. The eye care expert may also notice abnormal growth of blood vessels in the retina.
Glaucoma, a disease that damages the optic nerve, can be detected using a comprehensive dilated eye exam. In a patient suffering from glaucoma, the dilated eye exam may reveal changes and the color and shape of the optic nerve fibers. The exam may also show excessive cupping of the optic disc, which is the location where the optic nerve fibers exit the eye and enter the brain.
For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.