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Eye examination as a preventive measure


Eye examination as a preventive measure

Dr. med. Ken Selde

FMH specialist doctor for ophthalmology and eye surgery


Eye examinations are an important preventive measure to detect and treat vision problems at an early stage. But how does an eye exam work and how often should you have it done? This article answers these questions. 

 

What will be examined? 

An eye exam is performed by a specialized ophthalmologist. The doctor begins with a medical history, in which he or she asks questions about your medical history, health, and current vision. This is followed by a comprehensive eye exam, which includes visual acuity, vision, intraocular pressure and ocular motility. Depending on your needs, additional tests such as a color vision test or retinal examination may also be performed. 

During an eye assessment, the patient’s visual ability is tested. For this purpose, visual acuity is determined at different distances and under different conditions. Intraocular pressure is also measured to rule out glaucoma. In addition, eye motility, color vision and the overall image of the eye are examined. 

If vision problems or other abnormalities are found during the examination, the ophthalmologist will recommend appropriate treatment. In some cases, the patient may also be referred to a specialist for further examination. 

 

How frequently should an examination be done? 

The frequency of examinations depends on various factors, such as the patient’s age and any pre-existing conditions. As a rough guide, it can be said that an eye appraisal is useful every two to three years. For people over the age of 40, an annual examination is recommended, as the risk of eye diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration increases from this age. 

However, it is important to note that these recommendations are only a rough guide. In some cases, it may be necessary to perform the examinations more frequently. For example, if the patient has a previous disease or if there is a cluster of eye diseases in the family. 

In summary, eye examinations are an important preventive measure to detect and treat vision problems at an early stage. It is recommended to have regular eye examinations to ensure early detection of eye diseases. However, each patient is individual and should discuss with their doctor how often an eye exam is necessary. 

 

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