Ophthalmology is a division of medicine that addresses the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the eye and visual system. It is important to keep your eyes healthy and maintain good eyesight, as without careful medical intervention, the loss or deterioration of sight can cause drastic changes to your life.
At Novomed, we have a specialist ophthalmologist, whose high-level training and experience in ophthalmology will help preserve your eye’s visual and structural health. Our team at Novomed uses advanced techniques to help identify and treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and a broad array of eye disorders. Moreover, we offer a broad range of services from simple sight tests to complex surgeries.
Preventative Eye Examination
It is recommended to visit an ophthalmologist for an eye examination once every two years. This does not only help identify vision problems but can also detect underlying health problems.
There are four questions you may want to ask your ophthalmologist before you consider undertaking an eye examination:
Regular eye examinations are an important part of maintaining the health of your eyes and preventing potential eye diseases and disorders from developing. We often decide to undertake a certain test once the symptoms have started to affect us. By having routine eye check-up, we can identify the underlying conditions before symptoms begin to develop, resulting in early prevention and treatment.
Eye examinations can detect several problems, some of which have already been developed such as sight reduction, and some which go unnoticed without vision problems. Common conditions that develop without any signs include lazy eyes and glaucoma in adults. Unfortunately, in most cases, patients are unaware they have glaucoma until they begin to start suffering from its symptoms in later stages.
In Novomed, we recommend starting eye examinations from the age of three years. It is best to start having routine check-ups from a young age as any problems can be detected from an early stage and prevented in some cases.
If you are an adult who is in good health and leads a healthy lifestyle, an eye exam is advised to maintain your healthy vision. If you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, or have a family history of eye disease, you should have your eyes examined as these factors can affect the health of your eyes.
As you age, it is especially important that you have your eyes examined regularly as your risk for eye diseases increases. If you are 65 or older, it is advised by Novomed specialists to have your eyes checked every year to detect early signs of common age-related eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
A comprehensive eye examination is relatively straightforward and comfortable.
It usually takes between 45 to 90 minutes.
The exam should include checking the following:
- Your medical history
- Your concerns
- Eye pressure
- Your pupil
- Your vision
- Your eye movement
- The front part of your eye (cornea)
- The back part of your eye (retina and optic nerve)
Once the eye exam has been conducted, the ophthalmologist will discuss the findings and recommend an appropriate treatment plan should it be required.