Vision exams are designed to measure your vision and give you a prescription for the best possible vision you can get with glasses.
Eye exams are to treat, check, and monitor for disease and ocular conditions.
Contact Lens exams are specific for contact lens wearers and people who are interested in using contact lenses. A common misunderstanding is that it is the same or is included with the vision or eye examination. This is not always the case depending on the insurance provider, this is considered separate examination and is not typically included. Glasses and contact lenses are two very different prescriptions.
Many people think because they don’t feel or see any different they do not need a comprehensive eye examination. This could not be further from the truth.
Besides changes in vision the annual dilated comprehensive eye examination allow us to check for many disease processes that could be starting that you don’t “feel” yet. Things like diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma, high cholesterol, macular degeneration, cataracts, retinal problems, optic nerve problems, etc.
Early detection is often key to treatment and prevention of vision loss. The dilated eye examination allows for the examination of the network of blood vessels within the eye. Looking at the appearance and health of these vessels gives us a good estimation of how the blood vessels are doing in the rest of the body. With annual photos and imaging we can carefully track change over time to detect even the slightest change and give you the best eyecare possible.
That is why here at Downtown Vision, we truly believe in routine eye examinations.