For many people having good vision and the proper eye care to go with it can many a huge difference in their lives, and the foundation is set from the very first time you go to an eye doctor for an eye exam. As a child gets older, and their vision needs change, their eye exam process may become different as well. Much of this depends on what types of issues are detected early on, but even with seemingly healthy eyes, it is important for you or your child to see the optometrist at Michigan Eye care Institute at least every year or two to monitor your vision.
What to Expect From Vision Eye Exams
Eye exams go much further than a standard vision screening that might be conducted at a school. Although an eye chart plays a role, our optometrist will test several different lenses to determine the specifics of a person's refractive error, which are among the most common vision issues for both children and adults. An eye exam from our optometrists can determine if this is an issue and to what extent. The most common issue is nearsightedness, which is also called myopia. It means the person can see relatively well if they are looking at something close up, but as things get further away they become more blurry. Farsightedness, hyperopia, means distance vision is good, but things get fuzzy close up, for example with reading. Astigmatism brings a level of distortion to vision, either is near or far situations.
In addition to checking for vision problems, our optometrists also screen for various eye health conditions, that may occur whether or not you have an issue with your vision, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or cataracts. We will also test your eye pressure, which could indicate signs of larger health issues including hypertension and diabetes.
Getting the Right Childhood Exams
Young children are less likely to have hypertension or glaucoma, but since their eyes are still developing their eye exams are a bit different. Our optometrist will look for signs of crossed eyes or lazy eye where their eyes are not working efficiently with one another.
A child's eye change and develop very fast, and exams with an ophthalmologist or optometrist can help make sure things are developing correctly from the very beginning. At Michigan Eyecare, we have both optometrists and ophthalmologists available in our four locations and can take care of a child's vision screening needs each step of the way, checking the child's eyes at birth, between six months and a year and again when they reach preschool age. Most preschoolers can start to use some version of a typical vision chart.
At Michigan Eyecare Institute we want to make sure every child and adult can see their best for as long as possible, and we have both optometrists and ophthalmologists available to help make that happen. We are also located in three places across the state in order to serve you. to schedule an appointment, contact us at 248-352-2806 in Southfield, 734-464-7800 in Livonia, or 313-582-7440 in Dearborn, MI.