Steger Medical Eye Exams
When most people think about going to the eye doctor, they think about vision acuity, or the ability to see accurately. However, good eye health extends well beyond 20/20 vision. At Veld Vision Center, we have been providing comprehensive medical exams to our patients in Steger and surrounding areas for nearly three decades, and know that even if your eyes appear okay from the outside, regular medical eye exams are critical.
Who Needs to Undergo a Medical Eye Exam?
In really, all patients should undergo a regular medical eye exam as part of their comprehensive eye checkup. However, while we ask some patients to see us about once every two years, those who are at risk of medical eye complications and diseases should schedule a medical eye exam at least once per year, or as recommended by a licensed ophthalmologist. Those who many be at risk of eye conditions that warrant more frequent medical eye exams include:
- Children with certain health complications or risk factors, including premature birth, mother infection during pregnancy, or certain learning disabilities;
- All persons who have a family history of eye diseases;
- Those who are over age 60, as age significantly increases the risk of eye complications; and
- Those with certain health conditions that increase the risk of eye complications, such as hypertension, obesity, and diabetes.
You should also come see us if you notice any changes in your vision or eyes, even if it is before your scheduled appointment time.
Our Medical Eye Exam Services for Patients in Steger
We provide a full range of medical eye exam services for patents in Steger. This includes:
- Diabetic eye exams. As mentioned above, having diabetes increases the risk of a patient developing a number of eye complications, including cataracts, glaucoma, macular edema, and diabetic retinopathy. We provide screening for all of these complications, and can help you to understand how to prevent eye health problems if you have diabetes, as well as your options should a problem develop.
- Glaucoma screenings. Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that occurs when pressure in the eyeball damages the optic nerve. We provide glaucoma screenings for all of our patients, but encourage those with a family history of glaucoma, those over 60, or those with certain health problems to undergo these screenings more frequently.
- Cataract screening. A cataract refers to a cloudy of the lense that affects the vision. This cloudy is caused by clumps of proteins in the eyes. Most people who suffer from a cataract are aged; in fact, the National Eye Institute reports that by age 80, more than half of Americans have had a cataract or cataract removal surgery. There are other risk factors for developing cataracts as well, such as having diabetes or smoking.
- Red eye and dry eye treatment. Red eye is a very common eye problem, and something that most people have experienced at least once in their life. This is caused when the blood vessels in the eye expand, giving the appearance of redness. Typically, red eye is the result of infection or irritation, ranging from allergies to glaucoma to pink eye (conjunctivitis) and more.
Dry eye is another eye complication that many patients suffer from, and is caused when the eyes stop making enough tears. Like red eye, this can occur as a result of various factors, including windy climates to wearing contacts to certain medications. We diagnose both red eye and dry eye, and provide treatment options for our patients.
Schedule Your Steger Medical Eye Exam Today
Your eyes provide you with the ability to see – it is important that you take care of them! To schedule your medical eye exam near Steger today, use our online appointment request form or call Veld Vision Center directly. We are here to serve you!