Regular eye exams are more than just an opportunity to update your prescription and discover new innovations in contact lens technology or the latest fashion in frames. An annual exam is vital to the health of your eyes, ensuring you will enjoy clear, colorful, panoramic vision for a lifetime.
Below, trusted Dubai ophthalmologist Dr. Farooq Ashraf reviews some of the benefits of regular eye exams, and explains how a comprehensive check-up becomes more important as we age.
The best thing you can do to maintain the health of your eyes is to catch any developing problem in its earliest stages. A regular exam by an experienced ophthalmologist like Dr. Farooq Ashraf will always include a check of intraocular eye pressure. Elevated eye pressure is a key warning sign for glaucoma and macular degeneration. For each of these serious conditions, there are no obvious symptoms until very late in the progression of the disease, when it is often too late to prevent partial or total loss of vision. Glaucoma and macular degeneration can affect patients of any age, but are more prevalent among older populations.
Vision correction is also central to your exam. Dr. Ashraf precisely measures the magnitude of any refractive changes in your vision, adjusting your prescription for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Depending on the type of correction needed and your own preferences and lifestyle, Dr. Ashraf will recommend appropriate lenses to sharpen your vision. If you work long hours in front of a computer screen, lenses that reduce eye strain will be important. If your eyes are sensitive to many types of contacts, advanced lenses that feature high water content may be the right option.
Comprehensive Eye Evaluation
During your exam, experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Farooq Ashraf will also check how well your eyes work together and evaluate your field of vision, depth perception, color vision and your pupils’ response to light. He will measure the curvature of your cornea and examine your retina and optic nerve, as well as other internal structures of the eye. Changes within the eyes can be warning signs for diseases originating elsewhere in the body, including high blood pressure, diabetes and certain cancers.
Dr. Ashraf tailors his eye exams to the age of each patient. Children need to have their vision measured early and precisely to ensure they are seeing everything in the classroom and do not fall behind academically. Middle-age persons often begin to experience presbyopia, the common condition that makes reading fine print more difficult. Older individuals often develop cataracts, and may need lens implants to restore clarity of vision.