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The Window to Your Health

“The eyes are the window to your soul.”

So the saying goes. But medical professionals know that they’re really the window to your health.

While maintaining sharp vision is important to enjoying a lifetime of beautiful sights, your eyes are an important and highly sensitive barometer for hundreds of diseases and conditions. Think of them as your own personal warning system for not only your visual health but also your overall medical health.

An Innovative Approach to Total Eye Health

MOA’s Annual Eye Physical (AEP) is recommended for all adults and school-aged children, especially if you have a family history of eye disease or diabetes.

Even if you have perfect vision, there’s so much more to your eye health. Unfortunately, many eye diseases and conditions develop without any noticeable symptoms until the eye has already sustained significant damage.

The medically focused AEP provides opportunities to detect, diagnose, treat, and manage potential issues before they become serious problems. The AEP can also include your prescription for vision correction.

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. These tests establish a critical baseline for all aspects of your visual and ocular health and enable us to identify and diagnose any potential issues at the earliest possible opportunity. The AEP is customized by lifestage to address the differing visual demands and the changing disease risks that evolve over a lifetime:

  • Pediatric / adolescent
  • Early adulthood
  • Middle Age
  • Mature adults

After each 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

Step 1: Identifying Your Individual Needs

The process of the MOA Annual Eye Physical begins with a comprehensive review of your eye health history, your personal lifestyle, and your unique visual needs. This assessment is customized based on your lifestage and will include your family medical history, any previous or ongoing challenges with your eyes, the demands your daily life puts on your vision including your digital screen usage, and any questions or concerns you may have.

Your MOA medical 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
  • Binocular vision assessment: evaluation of how your eyes work together for optimal vision
  • Auto-refraction: gaining a general idea of your prescription
  • Refraction: fine-tuning and confirming your exact prescription

The MOA Annual Eye Physical provides a more comprehensive approach to evaluating your total eye health by using a series of advanced diagnostic tests. These tests not only assess the status of your eye health, but they also establish an important baseline to help catch eye diseases and conditions at the earliest moment and monitor any changes over time, well before you ever notice any changes in your vision.

Some of the diagnostic eye health tests we conduct include:

Beyond the thorough eye health examination, the MOA Annual Eye Physical can also provide an “early warning” window to your overall physical health. Long before many health conditions develop noticeable symptoms, there are early markers that can be identified through a comprehensive visual and ocular health examination. Studies have found that these specialized eye health physicals can help identify up to 260 different systemic diseases, including multiple sclerosis, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, among others. The AEP will create greater peace of mind, taking the extra preventative step to help ensure your total health and wellness.

Our dedication to educating and providing strategies for patients is part of what makes the MOA Annual Eye Physical different. Once we complete your examination, we discuss any areas requiring management or improvement with you and create a suggested schedule for monitoring and follow-up. We also provide you with customized recommendations for specific things you can do to improve both your eye health and overall wellness. These recommendations may include lifestyle behaviors and choices as well as specific foods, vitamins, or supplements to help improve your eye health. We also show you how to implement beneficial eye behavior changes, such as work break intervals to help avoid digital eye strain.

How Often Should I Have an Eye Physical?

Your medical optometrist eye doctor is the best person to ask about your eye exam schedule since only they are familiar with your unique 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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