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Medical Optometry America Annual Eye Physical

Medical Optometry America Annual Eye Physical

The cornerstone of the Medical Optometry America model is the Medical Optometry America Annual Eye Physical, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive medical eye exam that not only addresses eye-related health, but also addresses potential medical problems that can be detected by a thorough examination of the eye.

While we are accustomed to getting an annual physical from our primary care doctor or an annual mammogram or visiting our dentist for a bi-annual check-up, we are not conditioned the same way when it comes to eye health. People of all ages need to take their eye health seriously and the Annual Eye Physical allows us to not only set a baseline and future benchmarks for eye health, but can also reveal significant health issues like cardiovascular problems and neurological disorders.

Following an Medical Optometry America Annual Eye Physical, patients will receive a personalized ‘report card’ that provides a comprehensive overview of their eye health status and tracks the state and progression of and treatment recommendations for numerous diseases and conditions.

The Medical Optometry America Eye Physical Method

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

Your Medical Optometry America (MOA) optometrist will take you through a variety of 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 physicals take a more holistic approach by evaluating your eye health as well. Medical Optometry America members follow processes and procedures designed by some of optometry and ophthalmology’s leading clinicians and academics, combining highly advanced technology with experience to evaluate 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 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 pressures which could be an indicator of glaucoma
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT) – examining the retina, optic nerve, and blood vessels

Our dedication to educating and providing strategies for our patients is part of what makes Medical Optometry America eye physicals different. Once we have completed your examination, we will discuss any areas for management or improvement with you, recommending specific foods or vitamins and supplements to help bolster your eye health proactively. We will also help you implement some lifestyle changes, such as recommending work break intervals, or outlining when to avoid digital eye strain.

How Often Should I Have an Eye Physical?

Your optometrist is the best person to ask about your eye exam schedule, as only they are familiar with all of your visual needs, demands, and potential concerns. However, the American Optometric Association does outline a recommended schedule of when the average low-risk patient should have their eyes examined. Adults should have their eyes examined at least once a year.

Children should have an eye physical at 6 months old, 3 years old, when they start school, and then every year after that until they reach adulthood.

Why Do I Need
an Eye Physical?

Remember, your eye health plays a large role in your overall health. Sometimes underlying systemic disease such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure are found during an eye examination. Just as you have an annual physical, you should have an annual eye physical.

Even if you have perfect vision, there could be more to your eye health than you realize. Unfortunately, the majority of eye diseases and conditions develop without any noticeable symptoms. When symptoms do finally become noticeable, the eye has usually already sustained significant damage, which may result in permanent vision loss.

Seeing your Medical Optometry America optometrist regularly allows them to track any changes in your eye health and vision. Annual eye physicals provide a far better chance of detecting, diagnosing, and treating any potential issues before they become a serious problem.

Specialty Care Services

Diabetes puts your eyes at risk of diabetic eye disease. Without an early diagnosis and the appropriate treatment, this condition can result in permanent blindness.

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Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness around the world. Through digital retinal imaging and comprehensive testing, we can detect this condition and work to preserve your vision.

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The symptoms of dry eye are irritating and disruptive. We can diagnose your unique case and provide the most effective treatment for your needs.

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Glaucoma often develops without any noticeable symptoms. Thorough testing can catch glaucoma early enough to protect your vision through treatment.

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As your eyes change due to age, your lenses become cloudy, developing cataracts. Medical Optometry America doctors can determine when it’s time to increase your prescription and when you may want to consider surgery.

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