For many of us, eye exams are a routine part of our healthcare, but it’s important to know which type of exam suits our needs best. Evergreen Optometry stands at the forefront of providing many types of eye care in Colorado Springs. Join us as we explore these differences and help you make informed decisions about your eye health.

Are medical eye exams and regular eye exams the same thing?

No, while they may seem similar at first glance, these two types of exams serve different purposes and meet varying needs. Regular eye exams primarily focus on evaluating vision and prescribing corrective lenses. Medical eye exams are more comprehensive, diagnostic, and treatment-oriented.

What are the purposes of a medical eye exam?

Medical eye exams at Evergreen Optometry are in-depth assessments conducted by Dr. Nolasco. This includes:

  • Eye Health Screening: Conduct basic screenings for common eye problems like dry eye or age-related changes. This is medical when any diagnosis other than a refractive error (near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and regular astigmatism) is present.
  • Disease Diagnosis: Detect and diagnose eye diseases such as dry eye, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
  • Condition Management: Manage ongoing eye conditions, especially for those with systemic health issues like diabetes or hypertension.
  • Symptom Evaluation: Assess specific symptoms like eye pain, blurred vision, floaters, or sudden vision loss.
  • Comprehensive Examination: Perform a thorough examination of all aspects of eye health, beyond just visual acuity

A medical eye exam often requires a review of the patient’s overall health history since many systemic diseases, like diabetes and hypertension, can affect eye health. This comprehensive approach is crucial for patients with symptoms indicating potential eye health issues or those with a history of eye diseases.

What are the purposes of a regular eye exam?

Regular eye exams are essential for maintaining optimal vision health. This includes:

  • Vision Assessment: Checks for any refractive error needed to clear blurry vision.
  • Prescription Updates: Update prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses.
  • Preventive Care: Identify potential vision issues before they become significant problems.

How can I tell if I need a medical eye exam or a regular eye exam?

Determining whether you need a medical or regular eye exam depends on various factors, including your age, medical history, and any specific symptoms you might be experiencing. If you’re experiencing changes in vision, discomfort, or have a family history of eye diseases, a medical eye exam might be necessary. For routine vision checks and new glasses or contact lenses, a regular eye exam is usually sufficient.

Schedule Your Next Eye Exam At Evergreen Optometry!

At Evergreen Optometry, we don’t just care for your eyes; we’re dedicated to providing a comprehensive, tailored experience that caters to your individual eye health needs. Whether it’s time for your regular vision check-up or you have specific concerns that require a medical eye exam, our doors in Colorado Springs are always open. Reach out to us, and let’s ensure your vision and eye health are in the best hands.

Chelsea Nolasco, OptometristDr. Nolasco

Dr. Chelsey Nolasco is the owner and optometrist of Evergreen Optometry. She specializes in contact lenses, diabetic eyecare, glaucoma and pediatrics along with routine primary eyecare. Dr. Nolasco is known by her patients for her easygoing demeanor and bright smile, and often hears from patients that her eye exam is the best and most thorough exam they have ever had. Call today to schedule an appointment.