Primary eye care is about much more than a quick eye exam.
At Eyes of NM, we want to be your primary eye care provider. We understand the importance and value of regular eye exams because we know they’re about so much more than just a quick checkup. Here are the basics on what primary eye care is, why it’s so vital, and what we’ll do for you, your vision, and your eye health.
What Is Primary Eye Care?
Primary eye care is the starting point for all of your vision needs. It starts with a comprehensive eye exam that includes a complete evaluation of your central, side, and binocular vision. Once assessed we’ll determine if correction is necessary or would be beneficial and we’ll provide the right prescription for glasses or contact lenses.
Next up, is a medical evaluation of the health of your eyes. We’ll look at both the front and back of your eyes using special instruments that let us see both the corneal surface of your eyes as well as the retina and everything in between. A thorough exam allows us to identify, diagnose, and treat eye conditions that might exist.
How Are Eye Conditions Identified?
Have you ever had your eyes dilated? It’s a method of opening your pupil with dilation drops so your doctor can see inside your eye, and it’s not always comfortable. It makes your vision blurry, makes you sensitive to light, prevents you from focusing on objects that are close up, and it can last for several hours. In the old days, pupil dilation was the only way to see inside your eyes.
Today, we have the advantage of being able to use an instrument called an Otomap, which is a retinal camera. The camera allows us to see the retina and its periphery without the hassle of dilation. An added bonus is that it takes a picture of your retina which helps us monitor any changes that might occur between eye exams. If there are any concerns on the images, dilation might still be necessary, but it’s no longer a necessary step in a comprehensive eye exam.
What Are We Looking For?
Assessing and correcting your current vision needs is one of the primary goals of primary eye care, but it’s not the only objective. There are many preventable and treatable conditions and diseases that might go unnoticed without the right exam. An eye exam might uncover eye issues such as glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease, diabetic macular edema, and diabetic retinopathy. Early detection can help with treatment and prevent the conditions from worsening.
Are Eyes the Windows to Your Health?
In addition to looking for eye-specific issues, comprehensive eye exams also offer a unique insight into your overall health. Eye doctors often find health-related issues before a patient has even had symptoms, and often before their general doctor has noticed any sign of disease. Some of the health issues identifiable through eye health include:
- High blood pressure
- Autoimmune diseases
- Liver disease
- Brain tumors
- Blood diseases
Who Should Consider Primary Eye Care?
Everyone should consider regular exams to protect their vision and the health of their eyes. Most doctors recommend comprehensive eye exams every two years. This includes children and adults and is especially beneficial if they have risk factors or vision concerns.
At Eyes of NM, we want to take care of all of your vision and eye health needs. Regular eye exams can identify conditions or diseases so we can get you on the right treatment plan as quickly as possible. With regular vision screenings, we can help you see more clearly and stay current with the right prescription glasses or contacts.
Don’t wait to take care of your eyes. Contact our team at Eyes of NM today and let us be your source for primary eye care.