It is important for everyone to take care of their vision. As part of that, our Denver eye exam specialists recommend having an eye exam at least once per year, so that our optometrists can catch and correct any potentials issues earlier rather than later.
Why Annual Eye Exams Are Important
There are a few reasons why it is important to have an annual eye exam. These include:
- For children, it is important to make sure that their vision remains sharp as they grow and develop. As kids grow, their eyes might change. They could require glasses and not even know it. Sometimes, they might not realize that something is wrong, and the only sign is dropping grades. Our team staffs pediatric eye doctors with warm, kind demeanors to make sure your child feels comfortable and safe.
- For adults, it is critical to preserve eyesight into the future. In some cases, problems might fester under the surface without showing any symptoms. Some of the most common conditions include diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
The sad reality is that too many people in the United States forgo a regular eye exam. By the time people schedule an eye exam due to problems with their vision, it might be too late. According to the CDC, less than half of the people in this country who are at risk of losing their vision have seen an optometrist in the past 12 months.
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With decades of combined experience with Denver eye exams, ICON’s doctors provide the highest quality eye exams with a team-oriented approach.
What Happens at an Annual Eye Exam?
When someone comes to see us for an annual check up at one of our Denver eye exam clinics, our goal is to perform a comprehensive test of someone’s vision. To that end, the following will take place:
- Acuity: We will ask our patients to read a chart at the end of the room. This will be done with each eye separately. We use this to test someone’s vision.
- Fields: We will also test someone’s vision in each individual field. We want to make sure that our patients can see clearly out of each part of their eye.
- Pressures: We will use a small device to test the pressure behind each individual eye to make sure there are no signs of glaucoma.
- Retinas: Finally, we will dilate each eye to get a better look at the retinas. We will take a look at the nerves and blood vessels to make sure that we are not missing anything.
After the exam, we will provide our patients with the results and make sure that there is nothing acute going on.
The Roles of Ophthalmologists and Optometrists in Your Eye Care
At ICON Eyecare, we have teams of doctors who work together to provide holistic care for your eyes. Two kinds of specialists can oversee your care: an ophthalmologist or an optometrist. Both are highly-trained professionals capable of performing a variety of services to support your eye health.
- Ophthalmologist: An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) who has completed extensive training in eye disorders beyond their four years of medical school.
- Optometrist: An optometrist earns a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree by attending a four-year postgraduate program. These eye care specialists diagnose and treat vision disorders ranging from low vision to refractive errors to dry eye. They can prescribe medications as well as corrective eyeglasses and contact lenses.
The main difference between these two professionals is that an ophthalmologist is trained to perform eye surgery while an optometrist is not. Additionally, ophthalmologists often specialize in the treatment of specific, complex medical eye conditions. In most cases, an optometrist will oversee your regular eye exams and provide nonsurgical therapies. If you need surgery, you’ll be directed to an experienced ophthalmologist.
ICON Eyecare is proud to have both skilled Denver area optometrists and ophthalmologists on staff so we can provide our patients with comprehensive care — all under one roof! (If your eye care office doesn’t have an in-house ophthalmologist, they will have to refer you to a separate ophthalmology office to receive care.) Our team of optometrists and ophthalmologists have worked together for a long time helping with Denver’s eye exams and eye care services, which allows them to seamlessly transfer your medical information between providers. This reduces the chance of details getting lost in translation, and avoids the inconvenience of having to travel to different offices.