March Forward Towards Healthy Eyes During Save Your Vision Month: Highlighting the Importance of Regular Eye Exams

Eye Exams in Brookline

Save Your Vision Month is recognized every March to boost awareness of the importance of eye care. This wellness observance is intended to encourage individuals to schedule routine eye examinations. The Boston Eye & Physicians team wants all patients to understand the role that regular eye examinations have in prolonging your eye health and vision. Continue ahead to learn more.

The Purpose of Regular Eye Examinations

Regular exams are a key component of preventative eye care. There are several eye conditions that do not have any warning signs until your eye health has been negatively impacted, such as glaucoma. Eye exams, when performed on a regular basis, can help detect issues with your eyes and are the first step to early treatment, which can help prevent vision loss.

What Can I Expect During an Exam?

During your eye examination, a series of tests can be performed based on your medical history, any symptoms you are experiencing, and the judgment of our highly skilled optometrists. The examination may include:

Visual acuity test: A visual acuity test is used to check your vision. During the test, patients are asked to stand in from of a Snellen chart, which is a chart containing rows of letters, where each row is smaller than the one above it. Patients will need to read from the smallest possible row they can, first, with both eyes, then covering one eye at a time.

Corneal Topography: Tests may be performed to measure the curvature of the cornea, which is the transparent front surface of the eye. These measurements are used to determine the best fit for contact lenses.

Refraction: A refraction test determines the best prescription each eye needs. Patients look at a chart through a device containing a variety of lens strengths that can be quickly moved into the patient’s line of vision. Our technicians and doctors will work with the patient to choose the lens that offers the best clarity.

Additional testing: Additional testing is performed in some cases to confirm previous eye test results, rule out certain conditions, and further evaluate the eyes.

Protect Your Vision at All Times

To keep your eyes healthy, consider the following tips:

Reduce digital eye strain: Limiting your screen time may not always be a possibility, but you can still protect your eye health by blinking often, keeping screens at a distance, and decreasing the glare of the screen.

Prevent sun damage: When spending time outdoors, ensure that you are wearing UV-blocking sunglasses.

Use protective eyewear: Even simple tasks like performing chores around the house can result in eye damage if you’re not careful. Consider wearing the right eyewear when using harsh chemicals, doing yard work, or working in dusty areas to keep your eyes safe and comfortable.

Contact Us Now to Schedule Your Eye Exam

Prioritize the health of your eyes with periodic eye examinations. Schedule your next eye exam at Boston Eye Physicians and Surgeons in Brookline, Massachusetts, today, by visiting and clicking “Book Online” or calling (617) 232-9600.