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Visit us at ASCRS in San Diego: Booth 2323

FCI Ophthalmics will be exhibiting at the 2015 ASCRS-ASOA Symposium & Congress in San Diego from April 17-21.

Please visit us at booth 2323 in the exhibit hall for ASCRS-exclusive discounts on our full line of products, including Morcher CTRs (together with our pre-loaded Eyejet CTRs), iris retractors, the MacKool cataract support system, 9-0 polypropelene sutures, and more!

 

10G 300x175 300x175 Visit us at ASCRS in San Diego: Booth 2323Stop by our booth to see our newest addition to the Eyejet line: the MR-10G Right Malyugin/Cionni CTR.  This unique CTR design features an eyelet that can be sutured to the sclera for increased capsular support, with a design that facilitates smooth introduction into the capsular bag.  It is available conveniently pre-loaded on an Eyejet to expedite insertion.  See a video of this new CTR by Dr. David Chang on Eyetube!

During all exhibit hall hours, will have live demonstrations at booth 2323 of our world-famous Kitaro cataract training kits with visiting representatives from the manufacturer, Frontier Vision. Try out a phaco simulation with a realistic artificial nuclei, and see our Complex Case Labs which allow simulation of complex surgical procedures including weak or ruptured zonules, small pupil management, and ECCE.

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Our newest products including the InVitria (now available in models compatible with various popular AMD therapeutic agents), the Masterka pushed nasolacrimal duct intubation, our recently expanded full line of vitreo-retinal devices and instruments, and the OphtaCath lacrimal duct balloon catheter will also be available with ASCRS-special show pricing at the booth.  See you there!

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InVitria Injection Assistant Now Available for Popular AMD Injections

The revolutionary InVitria intravitreal injection assistant is now available in several models to accommodate the syringes of various popular injectable therapeutic agents for AMD.  The two new models are reference numbers MW-200I and MW-200P.mw200 InVitria Injection Assistant Now Available for Popular AMD Injections

The InVitria injection assistant, designed by Arnaldo Gonçalves, M.D. of the Netherlands, is a disposable device that simplifies and standardizes intravitreal injections by making the procedure faster and more predictable. The unique design is equipped with a guide tube which is specially oriented to ensure a fixed injection angle, position, and depth. Use of the InVitria ensures a predictable and fast procedure without the need for instruments such as a speculum, calibrator or pressure plate.

After preparing the patient for the procedure, the InVitria is carefully placed on the patient’s eye using the positioning line in the center of the device. By gently pushing down and turning the device, the eye becomes fixated and the patient feels an anesthetic effect due to the pressure. With the patient unable to move the eye or see the needle, the physician can safely insert the injection into the eye using the guide tube of the InVitria device, ensuring the proper angle, depth and distance from the limbus. The point of injection is always at 3.5mm from the orientation line. Turning the InVitria back again after removing the needle returns the displaced conjunctiva over the injection site thereby preventing any leakage. This device provides safe, accurate, consistent and rapid injections into the intravitreal compartment of the eye.

Because of its simple use, the InVitria injection assistant is very user-friendly, patient-friendly and budget-friendly.

Each device comes individually sterile in boxes of 25 units. All models are available now from FCI Ophthalmics, Inc., the exclusive importer and distributor for the United States. FCI Ophthalmics can be reached by calling 1-800-932-4202, via email at info@fci-ophthalmics.com or by FAX at 1-781-826-9062.

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FDA Approves OphtaCath Lacrimal Balloon Catheter

FCI Ophthalmics, Inc. is pleased to introduce the OphtaCath lacrimal duct balloon catheter which achieves true dilation of the lacrimal duct and rapidly and effectively treats the symptoms of epiphora.  OphtaCath is a less invasive alternative to incisional procedures such as DCR and eliminates the placement of tubes, resulting in less trauma.

DSC 7207 300x199 FDA Approves OphtaCath Lacrimal Balloon CatheterOphtaCath comes packaged sterile in 2MM or 3MM kits with one or two balloon catheters and a highly precise and easy to use disposable inflation device.

OphtaCath’s exclusive tapered tip and very low profile allows for easy insertion and removal of the balloon catheter.  The OphtaCath exclusive balloon design features excellent shape memory before and after inflation and is exceptionally resistant to burst pressure. The semi-flexible balloon ensures a progressive inflation and remarkable precision.DSC 7230B 300x199 FDA Approves OphtaCath Lacrimal Balloon Catheter

Now approved for sale in the United States, OphtaCath is available only from FCI Ophthalmics, Inc., the leader in lacrimal surgery products.  FCI Ophthalmics can be reached by calling 1-800-932-4202, via email at info@fci-ophthalmics.com or by fax at 1-781-826-9062.

Reimbursement information for the OphtaCath is available for download here.

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How to Prepare for Common Eye Surgeries

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Individuals undergo eye surgery for a variety of reasons: laser surgery for refractive errors, surgery to remove cataracts or improve glaucoma, or any of more than a dozen procedures focused on improving vision or function.

Regardless of the particular procedure, many of the preparations that must be taken into account are the same. These include preparing the home environment, talking to family members, clearing personal schedules, and setting up transportation. Here we’ll discuss some of these topics to help anyone preparing for an upcoming surgery walk into their procedure confident and worry free.

Professional Discussion

Make sure that any and all questions are answered before the day of the procedure. Most doctors are very receptive to questions, as a nervous patient is not an ideal candidate for any surgery. Make a list of questions to bring to pre-operative appointments and write down answers or request clarification where necessary. This helps increase the chance that the procedure will be a success and also that all expectations have been discussed and managed in advance to help avoid any disappointment or misunderstandings.

Transportation

Most eye surgeries require a driver to help get the patient to and from the clinic. Depending on the type of treatment, the ophthalmologist may also require the patient to have supervision for the first 24 to 48 hours in case an emergency requires swift transportation back into the office for evaluation. Make sure that there is a solid transportation buddy present—and one on backup should your first option fall through at the last minute.

Family Preparation

Eye procedures may leave a major home contributor unable to manage their usual daily tasks. If these include tasks such as shopping, making meals, walking the dog, or running children to and from events, then alternate plans should be mapped out beforehand and agreed upon by the entire family. Any shopping that can be done in advance should be taken care of prior to surgery day. This includes ensuring that there are snacks and easy meals available for the patient to make their life easier post-procedure. Try making meals ahead and freezing them. Just pop them in the oven when it’s time to eat instead of worrying about all the prepping and dishes that normally come with home cooked meals.

Clearing Schedules

Although we always hope for a best-case scenario, sometimes healing takes longer than expected. Allow extra time on the tail end of the healing process to account for any mishaps in the healing process. Clear work and personal events in the days following surgery. Vision can go through bouts of improvement and regression during the healing process, leaving some question as to whether driving or reading a computer screen will be possible. This is especially true in the case of PRK procedures, where it can take an extended period of time for vision to truly stabilize.

Cleaning House

A clean area to come home to is an incredibly important part of pre-surgical preparation. Wash sheets and blankets, and dust beforehand to help create a sterile and dust-free environment—foreign objects lodged in a post-surgical eye can wreak havoc on the healing process. Do a deep clean and also take this time to make sure that everything that will be needed after surgery has been stocked up and is within reach. This includes clothes, toiletries, and the names and numbers of friends and family who can help in a pinch if needed.

Medications

Many surgical procedures require that you begin taking—or stop taking—certain medications for up to one month before your procedure. Procedures such as Lasik may require you begin taking omega-3 supplements and artificial tears early in order to prepare the eye. Post-surgical pain relief such as Ibuprofen PM should also be on hand to help ease post-surgical pain.

Child and Pet Care

Pets and children also take a front seat in the endeavor to prepare for surgery. Make sure that afterschool care and rides are accounted for before surgery day. If possible, have pets and children stay with close friends or family for a few days after the procedure in order to allow the patient to focus solely on themselves for those important first 48 hours of healing time. Pain thresholds vary from person to person, and even if the expectation is mild irritation, results of the procedure and the unique individual may change the amount of downtime needed.

Taking a few extra precautions and stocking up on supplies before an eye surgery can go a long way toward a pain and stress-free recovery. Make sure that family members are alerted, responsibilities are delegated, and any pre-operative instructions have been followed closely before the day of surgery to ensure the best results of any procedure.

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Treatment after Scleral Buckle and Vitrectomy

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Implementation of a scleral buckle is a surgery used to repair a retinal detachment in which a silicone band is attached to the eye surface, forming an indent or “buckle.” A vitrectomy is a procedure used to repair a retinal detachment or remove vitreous, blood, or membranes from the inside of the eye that may be impairing vision.

The following is a brief outline of what to expect immediately after surgery and guidelines for long-term care after scleral buckle and vitrectomy procedures.

What to Expect

After the procedure, you will be sent home with a patch and a shield. Leave these in place until your follow-up doctor visit, usually the following day. Your doctor will remove the patch and shield, and your eye will likely appear red, swollen, or bruised. There may be some crust or drainage. You may experience a dull pain or scratchy feeling for a few days after surgery, and therefore acetaminophen is recommended to alleviate some of this discomfort if needed.

Post-Operative Home Care

You will receive an eye box and prescription drops or ointments. Bring the eye box to your first appointment, and the nurse will show you how to use it properly. You should also bring all prescriptions to discuss with your doctor. Do not use any drops in the affected eye the first night unless your doctor tells you explicitly to do so. However, you may use any usual prescription drops in the other eye. Be sure to always wash your hands before administering eye drops to reduce the chance of infection. If redness of the eye or lids occurs after using drops, stop using them and call your doctor. This can be a sign of an allergy.

Using the Eye Box

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Dry completely. Soak the cotton balls in the eyewash solution. Rest the moistened cotton against your closed eye for a few seconds to loosen any crust, then gently wipe from inner to outer corner. If both eyes were treated, use a separate cotton ball for each eye to avoid spreading infection.

Using the Shield and Patch

Wear the metal shield at night and during naps for at least a week. This protects the healing eye from injury while you are asleep. Ask your doctor before you discontinue use to ensure you’re healed enough.

Wear the patch outdoors for comfort and protection. You can also wear dark glasses if you find that light causes you some discomfort.

Positioning

Sometimes an air bubble is injected into the eye during a vitrectomy to maintain the eye’s shape. Your doctor will inform you about special positions to hold and precautions to take if you have such a bubble. You will not be able to drive, work, or exercise during this phase, and you will need to sleep with your head elevated. It’s very important to follow your doctor’s directions precisely to allow for optimal healing after this particular surgery.

Activities

Unless your doctor recommends otherwise, you may return to light work as soon as you feel ready. But as a precaution, avoid the following activities:

–          Lifting objects heavier than 30 pounds

–          Bending from the waist

–          Strenuous exertion

–          Chopping, pounding, or jerking movements

–          If you are suffering from violent sneezing or coughing, talk to your doctor. This can damage your healing tissues.

Gentle exercise, including climbing stairs in moderation and without rushing, can get you some physical activity without risk to your eye. Exposure to cold air while walking outdoors is also safe.

If your vision allows, you can resume watching television, using the computer, or reading. But check with your doctor before resuming activities such as driving.

Take care when showering or washing your hair to avoid getting water or soap into your eye, and use a mild shampoo. You may prefer to have your hair washed while leaning backward into a sink to avoid this issue altogether.

It’s also very important to call your doctor if you experience any of the following issues:

–          Pain that is not controlled by over-the-counter medications

–          Nausea or vomiting; this may be a sign of dangerously high eye pressure

–          Increased swelling or redness of the eye

–          A decrease in vision

These procedures are well studied and very successful. With proper after-care, you can expect a very positive prognosis.

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The Importance of Proper Eyelid Closure

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Eyelids play a key role in eye health: they protect the underlying tissues from damage, distribute tears across the surface to remove dust and other debris, and maintain the moist environment necessary for a properly functioning eye. An incorrectly positioned eyelid may scrape the eye, causing pain, tearing, and risk of infection. There are many conditions in which the eyelid does not close completely and exposes the surface to injury and infection. There are also conditions in which the lid closes too far, obscuring vision. Many eyelid disorders are related to lesions or infections in or around the lid.

In this article we will focus on mechanical disorders—conditions in which the lid does not close properly as a result of nerve damage or anatomical anomalies. We’ll also touch on their recommended methods of treatment.

  1. Entropion is an inward turning of the eyelid, usually affecting the lower lid. This causes the lashes to brush against the cornea and conjunctiva, causing irritation. This is often the result of age-related changes in the dermis. Immediate treatment can be given in the form of drops and ointment, followed by surgery.
  2. Ectropion is an outward turning of the lid, causing tearing and pain. As with entropion, the lower lid is usually affected, and treatment involves drops and ointment until surgery can be performed. Massage of a steroid cream into the lower lid skin can also help mitigate the issue.
  3. Blepharoptosis is a drooping of the upper eyelid into the field of vision. Causes include age-related changes in the muscle, Horner’s syndrome, third cranial nerve palsy, myasthenia gravis, and trauma. Surgery to tighten the lid is usually the preferred method of treatment.
  4. Eyelid retraction is an inability to close the upper lid to the proper position of 2 millimeters below the junction of the cornea and sclera. The most common cause of this is a thyroid disorder. Other causes include midbrain disease, tumors, or an overcompensation of the contralateral lid to blepharoptosis. The preferred treatment depends on the cause.
  5. Facial palsy may result in an inability to close the upper or lower lid or both. Treatments can include adding artificial tears to compensate for the lost moisture, a plastic membrane placed over the eye at night to trap moisture, a punctal plug to prevent moisture from draining out through the tear ducts, or eyelid weights to help the lid close to an acceptable extent. In cases of temporary palsy, such as Bell’s, the weights may be attached to the outer lid with double-sided tape. For patients with permanent palsies, surgical implantation of the weights under the skin of the lid is recommended.
  6. Blepharospasm is a spasming of the eyelid muscles in either one or both eyes. Unilateral spasms suggest brain tumors and require a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI). Bilateral spasms are generally the result of dry eyes, corneal irritation, or benign essential blepharospasm, which means the basal ganglia are overexciting the affected muscles. Treatment includes use of artificial tears and injection of botulinum toxin to weaken the spasming muscles.
  7. Trichiasis is a condition in which eyelashes grow in the wrong direction and rub against the cornea. Treatment is removal of the affected eyelashes. This can be permanently treated by means of electrolysis.
  8. Dermatochalasis is a condition in which redundant skin and fat overhang the lid and obstruct the field of vision. Surgery will remove the excess tissue.

Improper eyelid closure can significantly affect a patient’s quality of life and long-term ocular health. If left untreated, irritated or exposed corneas are prone to infection and tearing, leading to discomfort and sometimes a permanent loss of vision. Most nonsurgical treatments have no side effects, and even the surgical procedures are relatively low risk when compared to the benefits—even in elderly patients, who are the most common sufferers of eyelid disorders.

With the exception of blepharospasm and eyelid retraction, none of these conditions are indicators of an underlying problem that is not already evident, such as palsy. They are, however, serious ailments in themselves and require prompt diagnosis and active treatment to prevent permanent loss of vision.

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4 Common Eye Problems in Infants and Toddlers

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The formative years of growth are a sensitive time for the delicate and intricate human body, and development can often be thrown off its course by simple issues. It’s always best to correct these issues early, before they can cause permanent damage into adulthood.

Vision is one of our most important senses, and keeping tabs on the developing eye is of utmost importance throughout childhood. Left untreated, issues can worsen or lead to additional problems. Without proper eyesight, children miss out on the opportunity to learn as best they can from the environment around them.

Eye problems can be of two different natures: congenital or acquired.

  • Congenital issues may be caused during early development in the womb by infections, drugs, genetic inheritance, or some other interference.
  • Acquired issues are those that are picked up after birth and are not caused by genes.

Here we’ll discuss some of the most common eye problems in infants and toddlers and their congenital or acquired nature.

Excessive Tearing

Excessive tearing is one of the most common problems seen in children. This tearing is most often due to clogged tear ducts. Because babies cry often, this can be a noticeable issue. Caregivers can help prevent and manage the issue by wiping the inside corners of the eyelids to clear any crust, applying warm compresses, and keeping the eyes clean.

If this type of maintenance does not seem to fix the issue, or if drainage and crusting is colored and persistent, it’s time to take a trip to the ophthalmologist. If the issue persists, it can often be assisted by inserting punctal plugs into the ducts to help tears to flow out of the eyes correctly. If tear ducts are unnaturally small, this may be a congenital issue that needs further attention from a doctor

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) or Crossed Eyes

Young eyes require time to build up muscles. This means that many infants develop lazy or crossed eyes during the muscle training phase. In most cases, this is a normal part of the development process. But if you find that after the first few months of life your infant still has some ocular misdirection, it may be time to see an ophthalmologist. Correction can come in the form of corrective lenses, muscle training (wearing an eye patch over the stronger eye for a couple of months to train the weaker one), or eye muscle surgery. Many times amblyopia is inherited. If there is family history of this issue, then it is important to get children in the family checked early to help catch the issue before it interferes with a child’s ability to focus correctly on the world around them.

Conjunctivitis

We all know it by its more common name, pink eye. Conjunctivitis is a very common and very contagious infection that can wreak havoc on its sufferer. It is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the white part of the eye. It’s a fairly common acquired infection and usually causes no permanent damage. Children are especially susceptible due to their close proximity to other children and can acquire it through germs spread by coughing, sneezing, or even swimming in contaminated water or rubbing their eyes. Pink eye is often caused by a virus and usually goes away on its own,  but antibiotic eye drops are sometimes prescribed when a bacterial infection is suspected.

Refractive Errors

Refractive errors can cause decreased vision, eyestrain, or amblyopia. Fortunately, refractive errors such as nearsightedness and farsightedness can often be corrected in school-age children by means of wearing eyeglasses. Uncorrected, these errors can make some issues such as amblyopia worse, and can persevere into adulthood. The ability to correct refractive errors early makes early detection important.

There are many issues in addition to those mentioned here that can crop up while a child’s eyes are in the process of development. But with proper checkups and awareness, most early issues can be corrected or managed at an early age to help children grow up with healthy vision.

 

 

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Come See Us in New Orleans! AAO Booth 1023

FCI Ophthalmics will be exhibiting at AAO’s 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana!

Stop by our booth 1023 for:

  • Live demonstrations of our Kitaro Kits by guests from Frontier Vision, inventors and manufacturers of this revolutionary cataract surgery training system.  See the video below, which was filmed at ASCRS 2012. 0 Come See Us in New Orleans! AAO Booth 1023
  • MORCHER capsular tension rings and pre-loaded Eyejets, Henderson CTRs, Cionni rings, and Ahmed segments. Come see the new pre-loaded Henderson and Malyugin/Cionni Eyejet!
  • Our popular one-size-fits-all Snug Plug, as well as our full line of punctum plugs, including temporary and long-term temporary plugs, for all your dry eye needs.
  • Our line of lacrimal stents and tubes, including the new Masterka, the Mini Monoka, the Ritleng & Self-Threading, the Mono-Crawford, and more!
  • Our newly-launched full line of vitreoretinal devices; laser & laser/illumination probes, cannulas, backflushes, and a complete set of vit-ret instruments.  Also available are our scleral buckling components and the InVitria Intravitreal Injection Assistant!
  • The brand new OphtaCath lacrimal balloon catheter, so new it is not yet even up on our website! See our newest ad for this exciting new product.  We will have these available for sale at booth 1023!
  • Show specials on these products as well as our full catalog

 Make a note to self: save FCI Ophthalmics booth 1023 to your MyExpo for AAO 2013! See you there!

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How the Eyes Work

The general concept of vision is something that impresses most people when they try to wrap their minds around the complexities of such an amazing aspect of evolution. How do the eyimages 1 How the Eyes Workes work? What are the vital aspects of the eyes that allow people to see the world around them? These kinds of questions are rather common from both children and adults. The eyes are one of the most amazing parts of the human body, which is why there are so many questions that people have about how they function and the processes that make up the visual world.

Where it All Begins

The process of being able to see starts when specific light rays are reflected off of a certain object or objects and redirected toward the eye. These light rays enter through the cornea, which is the part of the eye that you cannot see. The cornea is basically a transparent layer of skin that covers the outside layer of the eyeball. Once the rays are taken in by the cornea, they are then redirected through the pupil. If there is a large amount of light passing through the eyes, then the pupil (which is actually just a hole in the center of the iris) will seem to shrink in reaction. There is a direct correlation between the current size of the pupil and the amount of light going through the eye. The pupil basically acts as a regulator when it comes to how much light is allowed into the eye. The light rays are then bent and altered again by the lens before they reach the retina at the back of the eye.

Processing the Light Rays

The first step in making sense of the light rays that have been processed by the eye begins with the retina. The retina can be found at the back of the eye, and it is the last part of the eye that assesses the incoming rays. There are millions of photoreceptor cells called rods and cones on the retina that help process and make sense of these rays. The cones are found in the center of the retina, and they are used for the bulk of the vision process. When it comes to creating a sharp image and picking out specific details such as color, the cones are where all the magic happens. The rods are basically used for peripheral vision, which is why they are not located in the center of the retina, but are concentrated at the outer edge of the retina. The rods are also helpful when it comes to seeing in the dark and detecting objects in motion. There is still another step to the magic before the process of viewing the world around us is complete.

Creating the Final Image

Once the retina has decided that it can make sense of everything that is happening with these rays of light, they are then converted into electrical impulses. These impulses are then sent to the brain, as the eyes themselves cannot process an actual image on their own. Although the eyes do all of the hard work when it comes to collecting the data, the brain is where these incoming images are created and stored. While the eyes are definitely needed to be able to see the world around us, they cannot complete the entire job on their own. Without the help of the brain, we would not be able to interpret the images before us and make sense of our physical world.

The Importance of Maintaining the Health of the Eye

When someone goes in for an eye exam, a trained professional reviews each of the different aspects of the eye to make sure that everything is in working order and in a good state of health. It is vitally important for all of these different aspects of the eye to be working correctly in order for us to process images and visually identify objects around us.
Processing the world around us into decipherable images is one of the most fascinating aspects of the physiological being. Without each functional part of the unit, vision would be impossible. Without light rays, processing them through the retina, transferring them to the brain, and deciphering them, we would be living our lives very much in the dark.

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Why Regular Eye Exams are Important for Healthy Eyes

images2 Why Regular Eye Exams are Important for Healthy EyesMost people don’t worry about visiting the eye doctor on a regular basis until they realize that their eyesight is getting worse, or they experience a concerning issue that needs immediate attention. Although vision loss is a great reason to go see an eye doctor, there are a number of other problems that could pop up outside of this issue without grabbing immediate attention. Preventive measures are important in order to ensure that an individual doesn’t experience eye issues in the near or distant future. Scheduling a regular eye exam is a part of a healthy maintenance plan and routine examinations are covered by most insurance policies. An eye exam should be performed once a year in order to watch for concerning issues and keep an eye on waning vision. It’s not always easy to notice changes with vision, so visiting the eye doctor can turn out to be a true lifesaver.

Detect Serious Problems Early

The main reason to attend regular eye exams is to detect current or potential health problems before they completely develop or get worse over time. The same concept applies to regular doctor visitations, and eyes should be treated with the same respect that the rest of the body receives. Many problems that cause blindness such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy must be caught as early as possible to make sure that the damage doesn’t become severe before it is closely monitored by a professional. Other issues such as retinal detachment and dry eye symptoms are potentially damaging conditions that can respond well to proper maintenance and prevention as well.

Hindsight is 20/20

Another important reason to visit the eye doctor and receive an eye exam on a regular basis is that it is often hard to tell over time if an individual’s quality or range of vision is gradually getting worse. People who experience vision loss at a young age are usually able to catch onto this change in visual perception on account of often having to look at a blackboard or overhead projector from a distance every day at school. As individuals age, they are often put into situations where they spend many hours close to a computer screen and that type of daily eye test is not available. Therefore vision impairment at a later age may not be caught on to for some time. In order to determine whether corrective lenses are necessary, an examination is an important part of distinguishing the condition of one’s vision, despite not experiencing any sudden change in vision. Plenty of people who think they have perfect vision find that their assumptions were completely wrong once they receive their first eye exam in years.

For Overall Health

Getting a routine eye exam should be part of every individual’s yearly health check routine. Vision is a vital part of everyday activity and a very important aspect of the physical form, so it is imperative to treat these parts of the physical form with the same respect given to the rest of the body’s pieces and processes. Regular eye exams are required to monitor any new or existing signs of vision loss, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, general health, and cataracts, to name a few. During a routine exam, the ophthalmologist will perform an eye muscle movement test, a cover test to ensure that the eyes are cooperating well together, pupillary reactions, an external physical exam, visual acuity, glaucoma testing, pachymetry (corneal thickness testing), a visual field test, and other important reviews to guarantee proper function.
While it is not impossible to have healthy eyes and never interact with an eye doctor, a healthy state of being is much more likely if regular visits to the doctor are scheduled. It is always better to stay on the side of caution when it comes to any health problems associated with the body, and vision is no different from maintaining the health of the heart, lungs, liver, or any other body part. While it may seem like a waste of time to go to the eye doctor when your vision seems to be fine, it can never hurt to be overly cautious when it comes to the ability to see the world

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