Your Annual Eye Exam

What Happens During a Regular Eye ExamWhether you have good eyesight or not, coming in for an annual eye exam is important for maintaining good eye health. Many people who don’t wear glasses still don’t go in for an eye exam, since their vision isn’t affected. However, many issues in the eye — or vision — have no obvious symptoms. By regularly and thoroughly examining your eyes, your optometrist is able to notice subtle changes, helping him to find potential issues before they manifest.

What Happens During an Eye Exam?

Your appointment with our doctors at Hampton Roads Eye Associates will take around one hour, depending on the amount and complexity of tests that need to be performed in order to determine eye health and your vision. Some of the tests may include:

Peripheral Vision

If you had to live with seeing only what you were focused on directly ahead, your life would by much different! Your peripheral vision — or side vision — is important because it helps you be more aware of your surroundings. You can see motion in your peripherals, warning you of an imminent accident while driving, for example. Making sure you’re seeing properly is vital to helping you maintain your normal lifestyle.

Slit-Lamp Evaluation

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a slit lamp is a microscope with a bright light. This is used during eye exams to get a better look at the front and inside of the eye. Your doctor will use the slit lamp to examine the sclera, cornea, lens, retina, and optical nerve. Despite the light being bright, it will not cause damage to your eyes.

Eye Pressure Test

The eye pressure test looks for signs of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that causes nerve and vision loss, so it’s important to have this test done with your eye exam.

 

Other tests and procedures may also be carried out, depending on your eye health and vision. At Hampton Roads Eye Associates, we know that annual eye exams are crucial for maintaining good eye health and vision. Schedule your annual eye exam with us today!

4 Tips to Protect Your Eyes From Computer Screens

4 Tips to Protect Your Eyes From Computer ScreensEvery day, you stare at computer screens, phones, and tablets for who knows how many hours a sitting. That can’t be good for you…right?

Right.

Whenever you stare at a computer monitor for extended periods of time, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes can all affect you. But you do it for work or for fun–or both! There are a lot of things that demand our attention, which things originate on a computer monitor. Spreadsheets, games, editing projects, cruising Facebook…all these things ensure your eyes are glued to the screen. But what can you do to help ease the strain that may come to your eyes? At Hampton Roads Eye Associates, we have some suggestions.

Check Your Lighting

Having your room’s lights on at 100% may feel right because it’s brighter, but in reality, dimming your lights to about 50% will help relieve strain on your eyes. You don’t have to get a dimmer for your lights, either. Rather, simply remove some bulbs from the ceiling lights. Problem solved.

Blink

While staring at a screen, it so happens that people tend to blink less frequently. While this is beneficial if there is a Weeping Angel nearby, not blinking longer than is natural can lead to dry and irritated eyes. Many office settings are also drier than other buildings (as well as outside), so make sure you’re paying attention to your blinking habits throughout the day. If you do work in an office, or you find your eyes are habitually dry regardless of location, consider asking your doctor about artificial tears to use throughout the day.

Avoid Glare

Glaring light from lights and from the windows can make things even more difficult. Close blinds and curtains, dim lights (see above), and if necessary, invest in an anti-glare screen cover for your computer screens.

Take Breaks

It’s recommended that you take a ten-minute break every hour. Of course, your job may be high intensity where ten minutes is difficult to find outside of lunch. If that’s the case, consider taking your eyes off the screen for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. During those 20 seconds, blink rapidly, focus on some other object that’s not another monitor, and stand up and stretch. These short breaks won’t derail your tasks, and they’ll also help ease your eyes.

Of course, making sure your eyes are healthy and that you’re wearing the right prescription glasses will also help. Visit us online or give us a call at (757) 643-8800 to schedule your appointment today!

Eye Exams: How Frequently Should I Get One?

How Frequently Should I Get an Eye Exam?Regular eye exams are important, regardless of age. The frequency of these exams, however, differs with age, along with medical conditions. Based on the recommendation of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the following contains a good rule of thumb for when you should go in for an eye exam.

Adults

For adults, going in for a comprehensive eye exam every two years is recommended. This includes getting your vision checked, as well as any other issues with your eyes that may have sprung up since your last visit. Once you’ve reached the age of 60, a visit every year is recommended. If you already wear glasses or contact lenses, however, you should go in yearly, regardless of age. Likewise, those with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, should also go in for an annual exam. This number may vary based on the severity of your conditions. For example, those with uncontrolled diabetes should visit their eye doctor two or three times a year.

Children

Children have a scattered schedule when it comes to eye exams. When they’re young, they should go in starting at six months old, again at age three, and then again at age five or six. After this last exam, once every two years should be sufficient, so long as there are no issues discovered. Continue every two years until adulthood. As with adults, children with glasses or contacts should have an eye exam every year. In some cases, more frequent eye exams may be necessary. Your child may need more frequent visits if they have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Premature birth or developmental delays
  • Fetal distress at birth or low Apgar scores
  • Infection during pregnancy (AIDS, herpes, rubella, etc)
  • Other vision problems, such as crossed eyes
  • Eye injury
  • Medical conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, and many others) 

 

At Hampton Roads Eye Associates, children and adults receive the highest quality eye care possible.  We are uniquely situated to provide general eye exams, specialty eye care such as retinal testing, laser surgery and more, and our optical shop allows us to fit and order you and your child for glasses after your exam if the need arises.  Please contact us at (757) 643-8800 to schedule your appointment or use our convenient online scheduling tool.