Types of Exams at Epic Vision Eye Centers
Eye exams are important for maintaining and improving sight, and clinics like Epic Vision Eye Centers recommend having them annually. What many don't realize, however, is that there are different types of exams that can be obtained. Below is some information about the major varieties and what they are meant to accomplish.
Eye Wellness Exams:
At an Eye Wellness Exam your doctor checks the refractive error, or glasses prescription, and provides a general eye health exam. Refractive conditions include myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism. These exams are for people who have blurry vision and who need glasses or contacts to clear their vision. They are also for those who do not suffer blurred vision but want a vision exam. Wellness exams are recommended annually for everyone to ensure that the eye is healthy, thus preventing unnecessary loss of vision from underlying eye disease. Eye Wellness Exams are also a good chance to talk to your doctor about Lasik surgery. Click here to learn more about Lasik. Eye Wellness exams are billed to your vision insurance provider.
Children's Vision Screenings
Vision screenings are not eye exams. Instead, they're quick tests of visual acuity. Typically, they take just a few minutes to perform and may be as simple as having the subject read off of an eye chart. The purpose of a vision screening isn't to diagnose disease, but to find kids who may be having trouble seeing. Those who fail the screening are then recommended to go to an eye doctor for a proper exam. These screenings are typically sponsored by schools or local eye clinics, and their speed allows the operators to screen an entire school's student body in just a few days. Notably, passing a vision screening doesn't necessarily mean that your child doesn't need eye treatment. Instead, they are good at catching the worst cases. While that's better than nothing, it's still a good idea to take your child to an optometrist for an annual exam regardless of screening results.
Medical exams can be performed for a number of reasons including (but not limited to): a history of eye disease like glaucoma or macular degeneration, pink eye, cataracts, lazy eyes, systemic diseases like diabetes which may affect eye health, new visual changes like flashes of light and floaters, or trauma. Any new or changing vision or ocular symptoms require prompt evaluation with your eye doctor to determine a cause and treatment option. These exams are billed to your medical insurance. Diabetic Eye Exams These exams are done in much the same way as comprehensive eye exams, but special attention is paid to detecting diseases that are strongly associated with diabetes. Such diseases include all forms of diabetic retinopathy as well as glaucoma and cataracts. While glaucoma and cataracts aren't specifically diabetic problems, diabetics have an increased risk of getting them.
Contact Lens Exams:
At a contact lens exam we determine what type of contacts will work best for your vision. This may include soft lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, or specialty lenses. Contact lens exams are usually performed at the same time as your wellness exam, but can be performed at any time through the year as well as long as you have a current glasses prescription. Contact lens exams are billed through your vision insurance, but many vision insurers have a co-pay for the contact lens fitting which are to be paid by the patient. Click here for more information on Contact Lens Exams.
Contact Epic Vision Eye Centers Today
To get your eyes properly tested by one of our optometrists, just call us here at Epic Vision Eye Centers. We have 12 convenient locations across both Kansas and Missouri to meet your needs. Once your eyes are tested, we will recommend any needed treatments and provide a prescription for glasses or contacts. Call one of our offices and schedule an appointment with an optometrist to learn which contact lenses might be best for you.