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Changes in vision, whether caused by cataracts or glaucoma, typically develop slowly. To protect your vision for the long term, it is imperative that you have a regular, comprehensive eye exam from an eye specialist. Early detection and treatment are critical in maintaining clear vision and eye health.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has issued recommendations regarding undergoing a comprehensive eye exam:

  • Undergo a baseline exam at age 40.
  • Between the ages of 40 and 54, have a comprehensive eye exam every two to four years.
  • Between the ages of 55 to 64, have a comprehensive eye exam every one to three years.
  • After age 65, have a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years.

If you are in a higher risk group, see your ophthalmologist yearly for an eye exam.

Diagnostic Testing

If you are experiencing symptoms such as blurred or cloudy vision, haloes, difficulty with night driving, or the loss of crisp, clear vision, schedule an appointment immediately. Your eye specialist will inquire into your family history of eye diseases, your symptoms, and any risk factors. Various diagnostic tests may be performed:

  • Visual acuity test: This test is the standard eye chart with various sizes of letters to evaluate your vision close and distance vision.
  • Slit-lamp examination: A special lamp that emits a thin beam of light, allows your eye specialist to evaluate the structures within your eye, including the cornea, iris, lens, and other inner eye structures.
  • Retinal examination: Your pupils are dilated with eye drops to allow your eye doctor a clear view of the inner structure of your eye, particularly the retina. A special diagnostic device called an ophthalmoscope is used to magnify the inner eye to identify cataracts, glaucoma, or other eye diseases or conditions.
  • Eye pressure exam: Measures eye pressure to identify glaucoma, involving a puff of air onto the eye.
  • Ocular motility: Evaluates eye movement and ability to track motion.
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Our team of board-certified eye specialists at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology can perform a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate eye health and identify cataracts. We are proud to be known for being at the leading edge in advanced eye surgery, and for resolving cataracts and next-generation intraocular lenses.

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