The health of your eyes reflects your overall well-being. Regular eye exams are important if you wear eyeglasses or contacts, but comprehensive eye care also preserves your vision for years to come through early disease detection. At Bentz Eye Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, Robert Bentz, DO, and Miriam Farag, OD, FAAO, specialize in preventive and comprehensive eye care. If it’s time to schedule your next eye exam, give the office a call or request an appointment online.
You only get one set of eyes. Getting comprehensive eye care at Bentz Eye Center means you’ll enjoy your best possible vision throughout life. At your eye care appointments, your doctor ensures your eye prescription is up to date. Over time, the team tracks your vision changes and eye health to customize your care.
There are several common eye diseases that develop slowly, without warning signs. Conditions like diabetic eye disease and glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss, and the only way to identify them early is through comprehensive eye care.
Everyone should get regular eye exams, and what’s included in your comprehensive eye care plan is tailored to your unique needs.
A comprehensive eye exam is a full evaluation of your vision and eye health. Your doctor begins your appointment by reviewing your medical history and discussing any issues you’re experiencing.
The exam includes a series of tests designed to check your vision. In the visual acuity test, you’ll read a series of letters or numbers at a distance to determine how well you see close up and far away. The visual field test evaluates your peripheral (side) vision.
Your doctor also evaluates the health of your eyes — inside and out. They may dilate your eyes with drops, which allows them to examine your retina and optic nerve. They test your eye pressure with a tonometer device.
Your eye care needs change depending on your age, existing eye conditions, and your risk of developing other eye problems.
Adults in their 20s and 30s may only need to visit the eye doctor every five years. Your risk for vision loss increases as you get older, so it’s generally recommended that people between the ages of 40 and 64 have their vision checked every two to three years.
If you wear corrective lenses, have a chronic condition like diabetes, or you have a family history of eye diseases, you should get a comprehensive eye exam yearly. Everyone 65 years old and above should get yearly eye exams.
The team at Bentz Eye Center is dedicated to providing residents of West Palm Beach with top-quality eye care. Make an appointment online or on the phone to learn more.