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The Importance of an Annual Eye Exam

An annual eye exam is key to ensuring proper eye care and vision throughout the year. During your eye exam, our Berk Eye Care Center optometrists will not only be testing your eyesight, but also looking for diseases and conditions that affect the eye. With a thorough eye exam, our Gahanna and Columbus optometrists can help provide corrective care to improve your vision and prevent any conditions of your eyes from developing further. If you’re in Gahanna and Columbus, OH, it’s time to learn how an annual eye exam can benefit you.

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Your Berk Eye Care Center Vision Exam in Gahanna and Columbus

The most basic part of your eye exam is testing your vision. During your exam, you will be asked to read a Snellen eye chart, which is a standardized test that Berk Eye Care Center staff use to test your overall vision. During the exam, our optometrists will be looking at vision factors like acuity. If tests show that your eyesight isn’t an optimal 20/20, your eye doctor will then check your eyes for refractive vision errors. Common vision problems include myopia, also known as nearsightedness and hyperopia, known as farsightedness.

Our optometrists will use a variety of testing methods, all the way from an auto-refractor, to a slit lamp to view anterior eye structures.

After measuring your eye sight and examining your eyes, your optometrist will then start fitting you for prescription glasses, contacts, or other options that can be discussed with you further.

If you have children, eye exams are especially important. Children need proper vision to perform well in school and read their schoolwork. Our eye doctors can also detect any early childhood or teenage conditions before it becomes harder to treat them in the future.

Our Optometrists Test for a Variety Of Eye Conditions

Our eye doctors will also be examining your eyes for a variety of eye diseases and conditions. Many of these conditions can go undetected for quite some time without an exam, which is why an eye exam from a licensed optometrist from Berk Eye Care Center is so important.

Here are some of the main conditions our optometrists will be looking for:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy – This condition can eventually lead to blindness, but it’s difficult to detect symptoms early on. Your eye doctor can spot early warning signs of this illness simply by examining your eyes.
  • Focusing Difficulties – Typical focusing problems include astigmatism and presbyopia, which can affect people of all age groups.
  • Cataracts and Glaucoma – These conditions can severely damage your eye health and tend to develop later in life.
  • Strabismus – Also known as crossed eyes, it’s a condition your doctor can test by examining eye alignment and depth of perception capabilities.
  • Eye Teaming – Sometimes eyes do not work in proper coordination, which can lead to eye stress and difficulty reading.

Our eye doctors will also be looking for general disease through optometry methods. For example, the blood vessels and specific eye structures in your eye can give early warning signs of heart disease.

If you want to schedule an annual eye exam or have questions, call us at our Columbus office or at our Gahanna office and see how we can help you today.

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