At Allied Eye, we provide comprehensive eye care for your entire family. We provide thorough eye health evaluations (eye exams) for patients of all ages, and recommend that all children have their first eye exam by age 5. (Please visit this page for more information about pediatric eye care.)
During your thorough eye health evaluation, our optometrist:
- examines your visual acuity, eye-teaming skills and spectacle prescription,
- determines your eye pressure to screen for glaucoma, and
- performs a dilated fundus examination to check for cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye abnormalities.
Routine eye exams are performed to evaluate the need for distance or reading glasses and check for eye disease that may be present but not symptomatic. In addition to the diagnosis of eye diseases, systemic or intracranial disease may also be detected.
Examples of asymptomatic diseases that can be found on routine exam:
- Macula degeneration
- Tumors (melanoma)
- Lazy eyes (in children)
Examples of systemic disease that may manifest in the eye include:
- Advanced liver disease
- Intracranial tumors e.g. pituitary tumor
- Heart valve abnormalities.
- Blood disease, e.g. leukemia
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that all adults be tested to get a baseline eye examination at age 40.
Video courtesy of the American Academy of Ophthalmology