A Comprehensive Eye Exam Can Protect Your Long-Term Ocular Health
Dr. Walter Choate is dedicated to preserving your optical health and sharp vision. At Choate Eye Associates in Goodlettsville, TN, we use a range of advanced tools to check for eye diseases, including cataracts and glaucoma. If we identify symptoms of any type of condition, we can provide a variety of treatments to restore your eye health and protect your vision. At your eye exam, we will also measure important visual components, such as visual acuity, color blindness, and depth perception. Then, if needed, you can visit our optical boutique where we can fit you with comfortable contacts or stylish glasses.
The Importance of Comprehensive Eye Exams
Comprehensive eye exams are different from vision screenings, although we generally perform the two at the same time. A comprehensive exam typically focuses on the physical health of the eye. During your visit, Dr. Choate will check for a variety of concerns, including:
As you get older, you develop an increased risk of developing these conditions. Through regular exams, Dr. Choate can often catch eye diseases and treat them before they permanently damage your vision. In particular, regular eye exams will help to diagnose glaucoma. Without routine care, this disease will often go undiagnosed until it causes major vision loss. In addition, with age, you are more susceptible to vision deterioration, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. At your visits, we can monitor your eyesight, updating your lens strength, as needed.
Through regular exams, Dr. Choate can often catch eye diseases and treat them before they permanently damage your vision.
How Often Should You Schedule an Eye Exam?
Everyone should undergo regular eye exams, and you should schedule them more frequently as you get older. Medical professionals generally recommend:
- Caucasians between the ages of 20 and 39 – Every 3 to 5 years
- African Americans between the ages of 20 and 39 – Every 2 to 4 years
- All patients between the ages of 40 and 69 – Every 2 to 4 years
- All patients 65 and above – Annually or every other year
If you have a high risk for vision problems, you may need more frequent exams. For example, if you have diabetes, we will typically recommend at least one visit a year.
What to Expect During Your Visit
A comprehensive eye exam consists of several tests performed with state-of-the-art technology. These assessments include:
- Visual acuity test: Using an eye chart, your ophthalmologist can ascertain the sharpness of your vision. Then he can determine whether you need corrective lenses or an updated prescription.
- Refraction test: If we decide that you need glasses or contacts, we may perform a refraction test. During this process, you will look through various lenses to find the ones that give you the sharpest vision.
- Visioffice® imaging technology: We can also use our computerized system to determine the right lens prescription using precise images of your eyes.
- Color blindness test: Because color blindness can sometimes point to underlying eye conditions, your doctor will use a special test to evaluate your color perception.
- Cover test: Covering each of your eyes one-by-one, your doctor can detect abnormal eye movements when you have to focus on distant objects.
- Ocular motility test: Similarly, your doctor may evaluate your ability to track moving objects with your eyes only. Difficulties in this area may make it difficult to read, play sports, and engage in similar activities.
- Depth perception test: Providing special eyewear, much like 3-D glasses, Dr. Choate will ask you to pick out the nearest objects in a printed pattern.
- Slit lamp exam: During a slit lamp exam, your doctor can obtain a 3-D view of your retina, cornea, and lens. This type of screening will help him diagnose structural abnormalities and damage.
- Glaucoma test: Glaucoma causes pressure to build up inside your eye, eventually putting pressure on your optic nerve. During a glaucoma test, your doctor will check your intraocular pressure by directing a gentle puff of air at your eye. Alternatively, he may use a tonometry test to perform the same function.
- Visual field test for blind spots: Looking at your peripheral vision, your ophthalmologist can test for blind spots, a common symptom of glaucoma.
Contact Us to Book an Appointment
If you have not had an eye exam recently, your optical health may be at risk. Contact our office online or call (615) 851-7575 to book your appointment with us today.
“I am very pleased with the attention I received at Choate Eye Associates. Dr. Choate is very thorough and does a wonderful job of explaining what he is doing and what he is looking for in the exam.” Dianal - Comprehensive Eye Care Patient