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The Importance Of Routine Eye Exams

Periodic eye exams with an ophthalmologist should be part of everyone’s normal eye health routine. With that being said, if you are experiencing pain or discomfort, of course, you see an eye doctor. If you need a new prescription for your glasses or contact lenses, of course, you see an eye doctor. But what if nothing is bothering you in particular?

When you see an ophthalmologist for a routine eye exam, the ophthalmology services you will receive go further than a typical check of your refractive errors because they are checking the overall health of your eyes.

Good vision does not necessarily mean your eyes are healthy.

Vital Ophthalmology Services

A vision screening is not the same as a comprehensive dilated eye exam performed by an ophthalmologist. This thorough dilated exam will provide vital information to uncover eye diseases and conditions, especially those without obvious symptoms.

Often times, eye diseases and other health issues are discovered by your eye professional before your primary care doctor. Diabetes is one such disease.

Some typical ophthalmology services will:

  • Identify eye diseases that threaten your eye health
  • Check the overall health of your eyes
  • Discover eye diseases that threaten your vision
  • Measure the intraocular pressure or IOP which can signal a risk for glaucoma
  • Evaluate the optic nerve and retina for abnormal blood vessels or leakage signaling diabetic retinopathy
  • Test your field of vision
  • Evaluate how your eyes work together as a team

A dilated eye exam will provide clues to otherwise hidden health issues.

Preserve Your Vision With Routine Eye Exams

Several eye diseases have no noticeable symptoms. A patient will feel no pain nor have visual issues until the damage is already done to their vision.

Macular Degeneration also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), results in loss of central vision. The doctors at South Texas Eye Institute have tools and screening tests to diagnose AMD. Once detected it can be treated by our specialists.

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes and one of the leading causes of blindness. South Texas Eye Institute can diagnose and monitor any signs of swollen or leaking blood vessels in the retina.

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve with no obvious early symptoms. Early detection is key and unfortunately once diagnosed any lost vision cannot be restored.

Ophthalmology services can detect autoimmune diseases, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, MS, tumors and even cancer.

Some Guidelines


It is recommended that adults over the age of 60 have annual dilated eye exams with an ophthalmologist. Those adults with African descent should have annual eye exams starting at age 40 due to a higher risk of glaucoma.

A patient with diabetes should have eye exams at least once per year or as recommended by their doctor..

The best way to preserve your vision is through regular comprehensive eye exams. The professionals at South Texas Eye Institute specialize in protecting your vision from all eye diseases or eye conditions.

If you need glaucoma care management, have diabetes, or simply need an annual dilated eye exam, trust your vision to the ophthalmology services at South Texas Eye Institute.

Preserve your valuable vision with routine eye exams.
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