Medical Eye Exams
What’s the difference between a medical and comprehensive eye exam?
The primary difference in medical and routine exams is often determined by your chief complaint or the physician’s diagnosis. Medical examinations often include diagnosis and treatment of an eye disease such as:
- Glaucoma – A disease related to the build-up of pressure within the eye that can damage the optic nerve. If glaucoma is left untreated, it can lead to permanent damage to vision and, eventually, blindness.
- Conjunctivitis – Commonly known as pink eye to most, it is an inflammation of the transparent membrane that lines the eyelid and eyeball. When small blood vessels in the conjunctiva become swollen and irritated, they’re more visible.
- Cataracts – A normal occurrence that occurs due to aging. The lens in your eye become cloudy due to the proteins in your lens breaking down and cause things to look blurry, hazy or less colorful.
- Macular Degeneration – A common eye disease for patients above 50 years old. A disease which causes blurred or reduced central vision due to the breaking down of the inner layers of the macula.
- Dry Eyes – A condition that causes gritty, dry, uncomfortable eyes that can make performing daily activities difficult. This occurs when the eyes don’t produce enough good quality tears, the tears can evaporate too quickly and leave the eyes feeling dry.
- and much more!
A routine eye exam, on the other hand, includes diagnosis and treatment of non-medical complaints like your annual routine eye exam.
At Glen Cove Eye Care, we are fully capable in performing your medical eye examination.