Your eyes are your windows to the world. They let you see the blue skies, the foam of the waves, the faces of the ones you love. Because they allow us to know and understand so much of the world, it’s important we don’t take them for granted and ignore their health.
In order to make sure you are receiving the best care for maintaining or improving your eye health, it’s important to talk to your doctor about these five tests:
- Preoperative tests: If you know you are having surgery for vision-related issues, be sure to ask your ophthalmologist if you need these tests. Be sure to go over your medical history with your surgeon during this conversation, since this will influence her decision. For example, if you have heart disease your doctor may want to run an EKG. For most people, these tests are not necessary. However, if you have other medical conditions that warrant testing, your ophthalmologist can order the tests.
- Imaging tests: After performing a comprehensive examination, your ophthalmologist may determine that you need further testing for eye disease. Routine image tests include: vision testing field, OCT testing, photography of the retina and inner lining of the eye, and MRIs, CT scans, and PET scan.
- Conjunctivitis tests: If you are experiencing problems listed in our conjunctivitis page, consider asking your doctor to diagnose if you have one of the forms of conjunctivitis listed. Once diagnosed, he can determine the best course of treatment.
- Treatment for age related macular degeneration: If your doctor is using eye injections to treat your eye problems, ask what the follow-up treatments are and why they are chosen. For example, traditionally, antibiotics are used; however, recently, some doctors have chosen other methods to avoid antibiotic resistance.
- Treatment for dry eyes: Many people suffer from dry eye. Ask your doctor if you could use punctual plugs. Plugs can temporarily stop drainage and keep the moisture in your eye.
For more information about more tests and treatments, contact Palm Beach Eye Center today.