How often should my family have an eye exam?
Dr. Luckey recommends that your family have an eye examination every year for two reasons: clear vision and healthy eyes. We know that seeing clearly is important for cognitive and daily living; however, what people often fail to consider is that eye health problems can develop without any symptoms. Dr. Luckey can detect diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, etc., long before you show symptoms or loss of vision. Even people who think they see clearly are often surprised at what they’ve been missing.
The American Optometric Association suggests that children should have their first regular eye exam at six to 12 months of age.
What will happen at my eye exam?
Dr. Luckey will perform a thorough check of both your vision and your ocular health. Generally, our exams follow these steps:
- Dr. Luckey will perform computerized testing to check your vision, to get an estimate of your prescription, and will measure the pressure inside your eyes.
- Dr. Luckey will ask about your vision to determine if you are having any symptoms or difficulties. He will also ask if you’ve ever worn glasses or contacts and for what purpose.
- Next, Dr. Luckey will see how well you can see, then present you with a series of lenses and asking you to compare two at a time to determine which lens combinations help you to see the clearest. With this information he will be able to determine your prescription for both distance viewing and for reading.
- Then, Dr. Luckey will look inside your eyes to assess their health and to determine if you have any eye diseases or are at risk for developing any.
- Lastly, Dr. Luckey will review your results and make any necessary recommendations (glasses, contacts, or referral to a higher-level specialist).
If I have an eye infection – or something in my eye – should I go see you or my “regular” doctor?
You should see us! Optometrists are doctors whose education and clinical experience deal almost entirely with the human eye – we are the eye experts.