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Comprehensive Eye Care

Complete Eye Exams in San Bernardino County

To maintain healthy vision, it is important to have regular eye exams. Early detection and treatment of vision challenges can be the key to preventing vision loss. Many debilitating eye diseases can be diagnosed before noticeable symptoms occur, potentially making the difference between minor damage and major vision loss.

What Do You Need to Know about a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

Comprehensive eye exams, sometimes called complete eye exams, are a full check-up of your eyes. The Pacific Eye Institute team will test your vision to see if you’d benefit from contacts and eyeglasses, as well as complete an advanced examination of both the inside and outside of your eyes. The team of Pacific Eye Institute will check for common eye diseases and make note of your overall health. Your eyes can alert you to other underlying health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes so it’s important to see your eye doctor regularly.

Frequently asked questions about Comprehensive Eye Exams

Types of Refractive Errors

Refractive errors happen when the shape of the eye prevents light from focusing directly on the retina and results in blurry vision that may need to be corrected by glasses, contacts, or refractive surgery, including LASIK.

  • Nearsightedness (Myopia) – close objects can be seen clearly, but distant objects appear blurry.
  • Farsightedness (Hyperopia) – distant objects may seem clear, but close things are blurry.
  • Astigmatism – both near and distant objects can appear blurry or distorted due to an unusually shaped cornea.
  • Presbyopia is a focusing problem that occurs in most adults at around age 40. The eyes gradually lose their ability to see things up close due to the lens becoming less flexible.

Common Eye Diseases

As you age, you are at risk for more serious eye related conditions. These conditions generally don’t have symptoms in the early stages and can lead to significant loss of vision or even blindness. The best way to protect your eye from conditions that can decrease your vision is to see your eye care professional regularly.

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Yes! At Pacific Eye Institute, Comprehensive Eye Exams are performed by Ophthalmologists and Optometrists with advanced education and training in vision problems. Although your family physician or pediatrician may be your first line of defense when an emergent vision issue arises, partnering with a dedicated eyecare specialist for annual screenings can ensure healthy vision for life. Many eye conditions have no symptoms until vision loss occurs – so don’t wait to schedule your comprehensive eye exam.

Many eye care problems can develop over long periods, without symptoms, and can irreversibly damage your vision. Regularly scheduled complete eye exams are the best way to detect such conditions early and address them before they develop into more serious problems.

  • Adults should have a complete eye exam every one to two years.
  • Children should receive complete eye exams regularly as they grow to detect and treat eye conditions that can affect their progress in school.
  • Infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at six months, and subsequent exams as directed by their eye doctor.
  • Patients who are at a higher risk for certain conditions, such as diabetes, a family history of glaucoma, and those over the age of 40, should have exams more frequently, as recommended by your eye doctor.
  • Visual Acuity – to assess how clear your vision is. It measures what is considered normal vision at a distance of 20 feet.
  • Retinoscopy, refraction, or aberrometer – to measure your current eyeglasses or contact lens prescription.
  • Slit Lamp examination – an instrument to look inside the eye for signs of common eye diseases and conditions.
  • Visual Fields – test to identify blind spots or problems with side (peripheral) vision.
  • Cover Test – to check for how well the eyes are working together and detect strabismus (abnormal alignment of the eyes).
  • Glaucoma Test – This test is also known as tonometry measures the pressure within the eye.
  • Evaluation of the optic nerve, retina, and blood vessels – evaluation of these parts of the eyes use an ophthalmoscope and pupil dilation.

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