|Description:||Captured inside an ophthalmologic physician’s office during a patient examination, this photograph depicts some of the optometric instruments in the repertoire of devices used by eye care specialists when performing eye examinations. In the background you will note an instrument known as a phoropter, which contains an array of lenses used in combination when testing a patient’s eyesight. In the foreground, a slit lamp was positioned, which is seen from behind, thereby revealing the binocular eyepiece through which the physician would examine the patient’s eye using a sliver of light projected into the eye’s interior.|
You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. When it comes to common vision problems, some people don’t realize they could see better with glasses or contact lenses. In addition, many common eye diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration, often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.
During a comprehensive dilated eye exam, your eye care professional places drops in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil to allow more light to enter the eye. This process enables your eye care professional to get a good look at the back of the eyes and examine them for any signs of damage or disease. Your eye care professional is the only one who can determine if your eyes are healthy and if you’re seeing your best.