May is Healthy Vision Month

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy: Get regular comprehensive dilated eye exams

Get a Dilated Eye Exam

Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to catch eye diseases early, because with many, there are no warning signs.

You might think your vision is in good shape or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to be completely certain. When it comes to common vision problems, many people don’t realize their vision could be improved with glasses or contact lenses. In addition, many common eye diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic eye disease often have no early symptoms. A comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages. Talk to your eye care professional about how often you should have one.

During a comprehensive dilated eye exam, drops are placed in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil. Your eye care professional uses a special magnifying lens to examine your retina and look for signs of damage and other eye problems. After the examination, your close-up vision may remain blurred for several hours.

Want to learn more? Check out http://www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/eyeexam.