About Eye Exams
Visual acuity tests are normal for most patients. Typically, school-age children, people in the workforce, and individuals trying to get a driver's license need a visual acuity exam. However, passing a vision screening doesn't indicate if you have any internal eye problems. Because of this, we highly recommend that patients ages 14 – 60 receive a comprehensive eye exam every two years, and once a year for patients 61 and older. If you have an eye condition or wear contact lenses, Dr. Kristin Held may want to see you yearly or even more often. At Eye Surgeon Direct, Dr. Held uses several advanced diagnostic tests to fully examine your total eye health. Having routine eye exams is especially important because many serious, vision-threatening issues, like glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and macular degeneration don't have any early symptoms.
Protect your eye health by scheduling regular appointments with Dr. Held at her San Antonio, TX eye practice. If you haven't seen an eye doctor in over two years for a comprehensive eye evaluation or if you notice issues with your ocular health, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
What to expect with eye exams
Undergoing comprehensive eye exams on a routine basis is crucial for all adults and children. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, many eye diseases do not show them until you experience irreversible damage to your eyesight. Full ocular exams can also expose other major yet manageable health problems, such as damage to the retina, high blood pressure, and diabetes. No matter your age, we highly recommend scheduling routine eye exams to protect your vision and assess your visual acuity. When you come in for your exam, please bring your prescription lenses and a current list of medications or supplements you take.
Taking about 30 – 90 minutes to finish your comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Held will:
- Take a complete ocular history and address your current medical and visual status and concerns, update your medication list, medical history, and surgial history,
- Complete a visual acuity exam and determine your prescription for glasses and contact lenses if indicated
- Perform a corneal topography
- Check you pupils and perform a peripheral vision assessment
- Check your eye movements, depth perception, and test for strabismus (crossed eyes) or amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Check you intraocular pressure
- Examine your lids, lashes, lacrimal system, and anterior segment of your eyes using slit lamp biomicroscopy
- Dilate the eyes to closely examine the retina, retinal blood vessels, optic nerve, and macula
- Perform other diagnostic testing as needed
Patients who have signs of glaucoma, macular edema, or diabetic retinopathy may require more extensive testing so Dr. Held can diagnose the issue and develop a treatment plan that addresses these issues. Additionally, if you have diabetes, you should schedule yearly exams to detect and manage any adverse complications.
Eye Exams Reviews
"Five Stars - Dr. Held is my family's and my mother's physician for 20 years. She has performed cataract surgery on my mother and with my neurosurgeon watches for changes in my eyesight from my brain tumor. I don't usually review but I felt her scores much too low for the quality of care and expertise she has always afforded us. From simple eye exams to surgery both I and the many doctors in my life all agree she is exceptional. Although, because of her demand, regular appointments are far in advance but don't worry, she takes you immediately for emergencies. Her staff is also very friendly, knowledgable and professional."- Anonymous / Vitals / Aug 26, 2013
"I would highly recommend Dr. Held. The staff is great, the appointments are on time and Dr. Held is excellent at diagnosis and treatment and just for general eye exams."- J.M. / Google / Mar 02, 2017
Protect Your Eye Health
By and large, people don't worry about their ocular health until a issue develops with their vision,comfort, or appearance. However, eye health is so much more than just vision. At our San Antonio, TX ophthalmology practice, we encourage you to schedule comprehensive eye exams for yourself and your family with Dr. Held. Eye Surgeon Direct uses state-of-the-art technologies and techniques to examine your eyes, protect your vision, improve your vision, diagnose issues, and treat any conditions.