The Importance of having an Annual, Comprehensive Eye Exam.

By susand on April 11, 2016

Many patients get confused about having a vision screening and a comprehensive eye exam. There is a difference between a vision screening and a comprehensive eye exam. A vision screening identifies vision problems, but it does not take the place of a comprehensive eye exam. A comprehensive eye exam, which can only be conducted by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, is an in-depth assessment of your eye health and vision status. Vision screenings can uncover some vision problems, but they can miss more than they find.  

Eye care doctors at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons recommend a comprehensive eye exam every year to assess your risk for potentially damaging eye conditions, as well as to keep on top of any changes in vision you may be experiencing.  Aging patients and patients with diabetes must have a comprehensive eye exam Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons every year a priority. It could make the difference between being able to see and blindness.

During the comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons will examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from reading an eye chart, to tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes. We check for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.  Dry eyes, cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma are some of the more common conditions found. 

At Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, our comprehensive eye exam includes screening for signs of eye and medical problems such as:

Dry Eyes – We often see patients who are suffering from dry eyes. Symptoms often include itchy, red eyes.

Glaucoma – Glaucoma usually has no early warning signs and early detection is key to preserving vision. Over time, if not treated, glaucoma damages the optic nerve and can lead to blindness.

Cataracts – A cataract is a clouding in the lens inside the eye as a result of aging. Over time, this leads to hazy vision.

Macular degeneration – A comprehensive annual exam can help us detect the early signs of macular degeneration and treat it, if necessary.

Diabetes – Diabetes can affect the eyes and lead to blindness. People with diabetes need to have an annual, comprehensive eye exam to check for diabetic retinopathy.

“Patients with diabetic eye disease often have no symptoms until the disease reaches an advanced stage. However, it can be detected early through a dilated eye exam.”



Annual, comprehensive eye exams are an important part of preventive health care. Just as you should see your dentist and medical doctor each year, you should visit your eye doctor as well. Call Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons today to make your annual, comprehensive eye exam appointment.


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