Studies in the past few years have demonstrated that a simple vision chart eye exam is less meaningful in increasing the quality of life of individuals.
Why is this? Because a simple vision chart test will not catch many of the vision disorders or conditions patients may be suffering from. A dilated eye exam is much more likely to assess a multitude of conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
In fact, in 2012, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force reversed its 1996 recommendation to only cover/require vision acuity screenings as part of Medicare, as it’s been proven that a dilated eye exam will actually save Medicare costs.
An annual comprehensive eye exam is essential to maintaining your ocular health, and I highly recommend scheduling an exam with me soon if you have not yet done so. Staying on top of any possibly eye conditions, particularly if you are a senior, is critical to any treatment that may be required.
If you have any questions, feel free to give the office a call or leave a question in the comments below. We enjoy hearing from our patients!