David Watson has worn glasses to correct nearsightedness the majority of his life, and had his vision checked regularly to make sure his prescription was up to date. But when his wife convinced him to have acomprehensive dilated eye exam, he got a surprise. His doctor told him something didn’t look right with his retina, the light sensitive tissue at the back of his eye. His retina was torn, and he had not had any symptoms.
After a successful treatment, Watson felt lucky that the tear was caught right away. “Like everyone else, I just thought I would go have my eyes checked and get an updated prescription,” he said. “But the dilated eye exam made a big difference for me—without it, I could have lost my vision.”
Comprehensive dilated eye exam
May is Healthy Vision Month and a good time to think about getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam—the best way to find out for sure if eyes are healthy. There are several key parts of the exam, for example dilation, which enables the eye care professional to view the inside of the eye. Drops are placed in each eye to dilate (widen) the pupil, which is the ...