The Importance of Eye Exams

Often, an eye doctor will detect the early signs of AMD and other diseases that result in low vision before the patient experiences any symptoms. Some AMD treatments can slow and, in the case of what’s called the “wet form,” sometimes even stop its progression. This is one more reason why it’s important to see your eye doctor on a regular basis. A diagnosis is just a first step. If an eye doctor ever tells you nothing more can be done, ask for a low vision exam. And remember: there may not be a cure, but there is help.

Low Vision Exams: What to Expect

After a regular eye exam, you may be referred to a doctor that specializes in low vision for a low vision exam. In a low vision exam, the eye doctor will ask questions about your medical history. They will also try to understand any recent problems you may have had trying to read, watch television or dealing with headlight glare. Your functional vision will be evaluated by looking at a number of eye charts. The eye doctor will also talk to you about your goals for reading and performing other tasks. They may have you try many types of low vision devices before determining which ones will help meet your needs.