While doctors don’t fully understand the reasons why increased intereye pressure affects the optic nerve, they have established that certain genes are related to glaucoma, so the serious eye condition can run in families.
The first thought that typically comes to mind when people think about getting a Philadelphia eye exam is getting evaluated for prescription eyeglasses. However, there are many other reasons to get an eye exam. In fact, everyone should get regular comprehensive eye exams even if there are no vision problems.
A comprehensive Philadelphia eye exam is a very essential tool used by an experienced eye doctor like ours at IC Laser Eye Care to get a clear picture of the person’s overall eye health and wellness. Assessing for refractive errors and determining if the patient needs eyeglasses is only part of the exam; there is much more to it. A person can have no noticeable vision problems and can still have a very serious eye disease or condition. There are many serious eye diseases and conditions that have no symptoms in the beginning stages. Unfortunately, once symptoms become obvious, the patient is at risk for vision loss and in some cases, even complete blindness. The only way to detect these eye diseases and conditions early enough is to get comprehensive eye exam done regularly. When the eye doctor sees the patient frequently enough, he is able to detect eye diseases and conditions early which allows for early treatment and gives the patient the best possible outcome. Comprehensive eye testing also allows the eye doctor to detect signs of non-eye related illness such as diabetes and high cholesterol. Sometimes the eye doctor is the first person to detect them. If the eye doctor detects general health issues during the eye exam, he would refer the patient to a specialist who would do further evaluation and would provide the treatment plan. The eye doctor’s eye exam and findings, however, would have played an important role in the patient’s ability to receive early treatment.
If you’re due for your comprehensive Philadelphia eye exam, don’t wait. Call IC Laser Eye Care today so we can schedule your appointment with our expert eye doctor.
By IC Laser Eye Care
February 7, 2019
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