Medical Optometry America Annual Eye Phyiscal

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The cornerstone of the Medical Optometry America model is the Medical Optometry America Annual Eye Physical. This first-of-its-kind comprehensive medical eye exam not only addresses eye-related health, but also identifies potential medical problems via several non-invasive diagnostic procedures.

While we are accustomed to getting annual physicals from our primary care doctors, yearly mammograms, or visiting our dentist for bi-annual check-ups, many of us are not conditioned to treat eye health the same way. People of all ages need to take their eye health seriously. The Annual Eye Physical allows us to not only set a standard for eye health, but can also reveal significant health issues like cardiovascular problems and neurological disorders.

After each Medical Optometry America Annual Eye Physical, patients receive a personalized ‘report card’ providing a comprehensive overview of their eye health status. Patients also receive information on the state and progression of any eye diseases or conditions they have, along with treatment recommendations.

The Medical Optometry America Eye Exam Method

After a comprehensive questionnaire, your examination will start with a discussion of your family medical history, your experience with your eyes, the demands your daily life puts on your vision, and any questions or concerns you may have.

Your Medical Optometry America optometrist will take you through various tests to evaluate how effectively your eyes can gather information and how well your brain can interpret that information. Some of the tests we perform include:

  • Visual acuity: determining the clarity of your vision
  • Visual fields screenings: identifying any “blind spots” you may have
  • Auto-refraction: gaining a general idea of your prescription
  • Refraction: fine-tuning and confirming your exact prescription

Many eye examinations only include vision testing. Medical Optometry America eye exams take a more holistic approach by evaluating your eye health as well. Medical Optometry America members follow processes and procedures designed by leading clinicians and academics, combining advanced technology with years of experience to assess your eye health and find any signs of eye diseases or conditions.

Some of the eye health tests we run include:

  • Slit-lamp evaluation: examining each of your eye’s structures inside and out for concerns
  • Retinal photo screening: photo documenting diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, and other retinal conditions
  • Tonometry: testing for high intraocular pressure which could indicate glaucoma.
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT): examining the retina, optic nerve, and blood vessels

Step 4: Improving Eye Health Through Everyday Wellness

Our dedication to educating and providing strategies for patients is part of what makes Medical Optometry America exams different. Once we complete your examination, we discuss any areas requiring management or improvement with you and recommend specific foods, vitamins, or supplements to help improve your eye health. We also show you how to implement beneficial lifestyle changes, such as work break intervals to help avoid digital eye strain.

How Often Should I Have an Eye Physical?

Your eye doctor is the best person to ask about your eye exam schedule since only they are familiar with your visual needs and potential concerns. However, the American Optometric Association provides general guidelines for when the average low-risk patient should have their eyes examined. Most adults should have their eyes examined at least once a year.

Most children should have eye exams once at 6 months old, once at 3 years old, once when they start school, and once every year after that until they reach adulthood.

Why Do I Need an Eye Physical?

Your eye health plays a large role in your overall health. Sometimes eye exams can detect underlying systemic problems like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Just as you have an annual physical, you should have an annual eye exam.

Even if you have perfect vision, there could be more to your eye health than you realize. Unfortunately, many eye diseases and conditions develop without noticeable symptoms until the eye has already sustained significant damage, which can cause permanent vision loss.

Seeing your Medical Optometry America optometrist regularly allows them to track any changes to your eye health and vision. Annual eye exams provide opportunities to detect, diagnose, and treat or manage potential issues before they become serious problems.

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