A Must Read Post Before Entering the Eye Exam

Welcome to another web content, the typical eye exam takes about an hour but it starts from the moment the patients check in because we do a lot of data collection before taking measurements so from the time our patient checks in we have medical history questionnaires that a lot of people wonder why are you asking me all these medical questions.

Co-relation of Eye with Body Organs

If you come for eye exam but there’s a direct correlation with other organs of the body. Therefore we ask, what we call review of systems which is if they have any heart problems, if they have any lung problems, if they have any diabetic problems or problems of the circulation system, high blood pressure, high cholesterol can also affect the blood vessels within the eye.

These are compulsory things for us before starting an eye exam. We need to know if that’s a systemic problem that already exists and what medications they’re on if any because those medications that affect the blood systems throughout the body again affect the blood system in the eye. If they have diabetes, it is the leading cause of blindness in the country and so we need to know if they’re aware of it.

If they’re properly being treated and then we’ll thoroughly check for any diabetic damage within the eye during eye exam and we have a lot of correspondence with our patients endocrinologist and family practice doctors that are monitoring and treating their diabetes so we give them feedback on if there is damage showing up in the eye and if the current if there is then that means the current system needs altering we’re not going to tell their other doctors how to practice we just work as a team to give them more information if the current system is thoroughly correcting and helping with the health of the eye or if there’s an adjustment needed when we get into allergies, it can cause a lot of problems with the eye of causing bumps to form under the eyelids causing irritation affecting the quality of the tears effecting discharge of the eye.

In-Sight Information

We need to know if they are aware of allergies in an aligned the effects of that on the eye also we need to know if they have any infections throughout the body and if there’s infections that can spread into the eye and cancers. Especially breast cancer can metastasize to the eye and we need to check and see if there are issues there so a lot of people feel unfortunately invaded when we start asking so many medical questions but it’s really for the good of the patient so we can get a thorough comprehensive evaluation to help them not only with their eyes but systemically to give feedback to their other doctors.

So, that’s a lot of data collection at the beginning from there our assistants take them and start doing what we call preliminary testing and data collection we check peripheral vision we do screening tests there because the peripheral vision can give us information if there is something blocking vision being transmitted from the eye to the brain such as cancers tumors many strokes we have detected many patients with those disorders that were not aware of it from our visual – failed our peripheral vision testing.

Concluding Remarks

If there are normal changes starting to take place or precautions that should be done when we’re in eye exam room with special microscopes to examine the quality of the tears. The volume of the tears that will affect the quality of vision and health of the eye so that’s another important aspect of the comprehensive eye exam.

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