It doesn’t matter how well you see, how good you feel, or how old you are. Routine comprehensive eye examinations are advised for everyone and are the only reliable way to confirm the health of your eyes. At Manhattan Vision Associates, located conveniently in Midtown, our team of experienced, professional optometrists will evaluate your total visual system. In the same way that a physical inspects your overall health condition, our complete eye exams will assess your ocular condition.
With supreme dedication to taking care of your eyesight, our NYC practice is family-friendly and treats patients of all ages. From babies to children to adults at all stages of life, we’ll look out for your vision. With a gentle, expert manner, we use advanced technology and modern diagnostic tools to perform our comprehensive eye evaluations. It’s important to us that all eye exams done at Manhattan Vision Associates are a pleasant experience for each and every patient.
When it comes to preventive health care, total eye assessments are the optimal way to prevent future vision loss. Our eye doctors will inspect for early signs of eye disease, which are generally symptomless. With kids, our pediatric eye exams may detect a vision problem that could affect learning or cause developmental delays. Don’t wait — contact us today to reserve your comprehensive exam with one of our qualified, caring optometrists, in our Midtown Manhattan office.
What happens at our comprehensive eye exams?
In our NYC office, we treat each patient as a valued individual. Our eye doctors will meet with you and personalize your eye assessment for your unique vision needs and health condition.
Your Case History: To start, we’ll inquire about your general health, as well as any eye symptoms or visual complaints. Family history of eye disease and medications that you may be taking currently are also relevant information to share with us.
Preliminary testing: For a general picture of your vision, we’ll assess the response of your pupils to light, your eye motility, peripheral and color vision.
Visual Acuity: Your quality of vision will be evaluated by having you read a basic eye chart of letters and numbers. To accurately diagnose nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, refractive error will be evaluated manually with a phoropter. You’ll be asked to look through a series of different lenses to provide feedback on which ones grant the best vision. We’ll also use a retinoscope to measure how light focuses with these lenses.
Binocularity/Eye teaming: We will check your accommodation and eye teaming to examine how well your eyes pair together and focus.
Ocular Health Examination: Using diagnostic technology and high-powered lenses, our eye doctors will examine your retina, retinal structures and the inner tissues of your eye to inspect for signs of disease or abnormalities. Eye drops to dilate your pupils may be applied to facilitate this part of your exam.
Following our complete eye evaluations, we will share our findings with you to discuss the most suitable treatment plan.
When should you schedule your comprehensive eye exam?
The American Optometric Association (AOA) set the following guidelines:
- The first eye exam should be done at 6 months of age
- The second eye exam should be done at 3 years of age
- The third eye exam should be done before starting school, at age 5-6
- If your child has no pediatric risk factors for eye problems and no vision correction is needed, then follow-up exams should be done every 1-2 years for school-aged children. However, if your child is diagnosed with a vision condition, then total ocular evaluations are advised more regularly; consult with your eye doctor.
Specific risk factors point to a need for more frequent pediatric eye evaluations. These factors include:
- Crossed eyes
- Family history of eye disease
- Premature birth
- Developmental delays
- Past eye injury
- Other physical diseases
Note that learning is connected strongly to vision. An undetected vision condition therefore puts your child at a higher risk for learning delays or problems. Be sure not to fall behind with your child’s comprehensive eye exams!
Adults: A yearly eye exam is recommended for all adults who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. Due to the association between aging and many common eye diseases, adults who don’t need any vision correction should have comprehensive eye exams performed annually after age 40. We will check for conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. After age 60, your eye care provider may recommend even more frequent complete exams of your ocular health.
If you have high blood pressure, diabetes or other health disorders, you will be advised to come in to Manhattan Vision Associates for complete eye exams on a more frequent, routine basis. This is due to the harmful health impact that these conditions may have on your eyes.
Contact us Manhattan Vision Associates to reserve your appointment. We look forward to seeing you in our Manhattan office!