People typically get a routine eye exam when their glasses get broken, they have an eye infection, or they are on the last pair of contact lenses. Although getting an eye exam can help with those problems, it is recommended to regularly see your eye doctor to keep your eyes healthy.

You only have one pair of eyes so it is paramount to take care of them so they can last. An optometrist looks at the patient's eyes to make sure that they are in good condition. These eye doctors don't only make you see better, they also keep your vision at it's best.

When you go get an eye exam there are some preliminary tests that are done. This helps the optometrist to evaluate your eye health. A measurement of the eye is taken. This gives the doctor an idea of what your prescription will be. The pressure of the eyes is also taken. This test is to see how high the eye's pressures are. Just like when you check your tire pressure, a high pressure reading can be dangerous. This could be a sign of glaucoma. If this is the case, the eye doctor evaluates the eyes even further and maybe even refer the patient to an ophthalmologist, an eye specialist that deals with medical eye issues including surgery. If the eye's pressures are too high it can damage the optic nerve, which sends visual messages to the brain.

The eye doctor can also check your peripheral vision, which is your side vision. If your peripheral vision is shortened, that could be a sign that the optic nerve is being damaged. However the optometrist may also refer the patient to an eye specialist to determine the reason for vision loss.

The optometrist will look at your eyes carefully to see if you have an infections or if there is anything that is not right. So if there's anything that's bothering your eyes, tell your eye doctor so she can see what the problem is. Doctors sometimes catch eye infections that the patient did not know they had. A patient will come in thinking that the contact lenses were old when in fact they had conjunctivitis. If there is an infection the optometrist can give you a prescription for medication or a procedure to do at home to get rid of the problem. Always follow the doctor's advice. Do not assume that your eye infection will go away on it's own.

Each patient is unique. An eye doctor may determine that a patient may need to have their eyes dilated. Not all patients need this exam, but if you do then you will have blurry vision for several hours (6 to 24) depending on the type of drops that were added to your eyes. When the eyes are dilated, the patient has drops put in their eyes. It takes just a few minutes for the pupils to dilated to allow to doctor to view inside the eye. The doctor will very closely and carefully examine the patient's optic nerve and retina to maintain the eye's health. An eye health issue could result in the patient being referred to the appropriate eye specialist.

A routine eye exam is also important because it helps the patient to remember to follow proper procedures. Sometimes a contact lens wear has forgotten that they must throw away a contact lens case after 3 months but they get reminded of that and much more then they get their eye exam.

An eye exam is very important. Sometimes it can even save a person's life. If an optometrist will notice that the patient's prescription keeps fluctuating, she may ask the patient to get a physical to determine if the patient has diabetes. The patient may not have known they had diabetes which can cause sudden vision changes when it's not under control.

It is very important to take care of your entire body's health because it does affect your vision and eye health. Just like with diabetes, high blood pressure can also have negative effects on vision. High blood pressure can restrict blood flow which can cause some vision loss because the blood vessels inside the retina can become damaged, thus causing an eye disease called hypertensive retinopathy. Your eye doctor can inform you on what can be done about this eye disease.

An eye exam is not so routine. It should be done on a regular basis to keep your eyes healthy for as long as possible. Optometrists are very educated in eye health and vision. Continue to see your doctor as often as she recommends and if you have any questions, do not be afraid to ask. Remember that you only have one pair of eyes that will never be replaced.