Many of us simply disregard booking an appointment to see an eye specialist because we think that our eyes are fine. But the same people are more than happy to see their dentist every 6 months, regardless of any tooth pain or visible symptoms. There is no doubt that out teeth are a vital part of our bodies and they are incredibly useful as well as important. So how important is your eyesight in comparison? I am hedging bets that our eyes are even more important than our teeth, so why do we tend to leave them to their own devices? This article looks at what happens during those eye examinations and why we really should take them a little more seriously in the future.
When you visit your eye doctor, they will ask you a series of questions that will enable them to gauge certain possibilities before you undergo the eye test. They will be interested in any changes in your lifestyle, your actual diet habits and if you have developed any eye pain recently. A traumatic happening could be the cause of certain eye problems, particularly if you have been weeping for a long period of time. If your diet has become dependent on junk food, you may be missing vital vitamins than enable you to see at night better. You may want to make some notes of recent events before you visit the eye doctor. It is easy to forget these when you are in the examination room. Remember to let the doctor know about any history of eye problems that you may have experienced in the past,
Visual Acuity Test
This is usually the first test you will encounter during your eye examination, and you have probably seen the eye test charts many times before. The narrow but long strip of paper hanging on the wall, with lines of letters and numbers in horizontal lines, starting large and gradually getting smaller. You will be asked to stand about 30 feet away from the chart and the nurse/doctor will ask you to cover one of your eyes and start reading. You may be asked to start at a specific line and you may also be instructed to move further or closer to the chart. The nurse/doctor may also ask you to read a small set of letters and numbers from a sheet held close to your face, this will test your near vision ability.
Colour Vision Test
The Colour Vision Test is made up of a set of colourful dots that make up large circles, and these are known as pseudo chromatic plates. Within these colourful circles are a number of letters and lines that are indicated by the coloration difference. If you are colour blind you will not be able to read these symbols. There is also another colour related test that allows only colour blind people to be able to read the symbols, this is the confirmation test.
Book Your Appointment Now
Even if your eyes are giving you no trouble at all, you should seriously consider booking an eye test now. Or simply add a note to your next dentist appointment ‘ must see optician’.
Daniel Nicholas is an optometrist by profession. He suggests the use of tf4043b sunglasses for women, as it is not only adds to their looks but also protects the eye from UV and blue light. A passionate blogger, he blogs about the latest breakthroughs in the field of eye care.