At idoc Optical, we strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. Preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, our optometrist is able provide treatment options and in many cases restore or prevent vision loss. The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not.
Eye Exam and Consultation
During an eye exam, Dr. Nastaran Khoshbin Golriz will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications you are currently taking, any blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. Dr. Khoshbin Golriz will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our Washington optometrist provides regular vision acuity test as part of a comprehensive eye exam. Dr. Khoshbin Golriz will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, Dr. Khoshbin Golriz may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.
Eye Function Testing
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our Washington office includes testing eye functionality. Our optometrist performs several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. Several other simple tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable Dr. Khoshbin Golriz to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.
As part of a comprehensive eye exam, our Washington optometrist examines the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. Dr. Khoshbin Golriz evaluates eye health by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. After completing these short tests, Dr. Khoshbin Golriz reviews the results and discusses any necessary treatment options with you.
Even if you don’t need corrective lenses, you should still have regular eye exams. Our doctors offer comprehensive eye exams to test your visual acuity as well as your eye health at idoc Optical in Washington, D.C. Whether you’ve noticed signs of eye strain, think you may need glasses, or just want to confirm that your eyes are healthy, we provide the expert eye care you need in the D.C. area. Call or make an appointment online today.
We perform a comprehensive eye exam because we believe eyes are the window to your health. Many systemic diseases can affect the health of the eyes and so you would need a complete thorough eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy. Often times certain medical conditions are detected by the way of retinal changes. There are also certain eye conditions such as glaucoma that can only be detected by an eye exam because they have no symptoms.
How often should I have my eyes checked?
Everyone should have their eyes examined at least once every two years. However, if you wear glasses or contact lenses, your prescription is only valid for a year. You should have an annual eye exam to make sure that your prescription still meets your needs.
Some of the signs that you need an eye exam and an updated prescription include:
- Frequent headaches
- Leaning toward your workstation or using the zoom function on your computer
- Holding magazines, books, and mobile devices close to your face
- Sensitivity to light
Dr. Khoshbin Golriz provides customized advice on how often you should have your eyes checked. For example, your vision impairment may change dramatically when you’re younger, and you may need more frequent eye exams.
What should I expect during my eye exam?
When you check in at idoc Optical, we perform a series of tests to evaluate your vision and the health of your eyes. Some of the tests you can expect include:
- Visual acuity: tests your vision by having you read the smallest line of letters and numbers from an eye chart
- Ocular motility: tests how well your eyes move and change from focusing on one object to another
- Slit lamp: exam of the inside of your cornea, iris, retina, and optic nerve
- Refraction: fine-tuning your eyeglasses prescription
- Glaucoma: the blue light test that measures the pressure in your eye
- Dilated Fundus Exam: Optional, unless required by your doctor at your visit
Routine eye exams at idoc Optical also help us diagnose any health problems early on so you can start treatment before an eye disease progresses and damages your vision.
Why should I have my eyes checked?
Even if you don’t have a vision impairment such as myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness), you should still have your eyes checked regularly. In addition to testing your vision, we monitor your eye health and looks for signs of eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, ocular retinopathy, or macular degeneration. As with many other health conditions, you may not experience any noticeable symptoms until your vision is irreparably damaged.
Call idoc Optical or schedule your next eye exam online today.