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Eye health is as important as the health of any other organ of a human body. Good eyesight is vital for clear vision and uninterrupted view. There are many eye related diseases and conditions that do not have obvious symptoms or signs, particularly, in the initial stages. Therefore, an early diagnosis becomes vital in order to initiate a proper treatment and maintain good eye health and eyesight.

Regular eye test in Newington is an important aspect of health maintenance. Adults should get their eyes examined to check for early warning signs of any eye disease and also to keep their prescriptions updated.

In case of children, an eye test plays an important role in their normal development. Vision is linked closely to the learning process. Children with weak eyes or any vision impairment may often face trouble with paying attention in the class and also their schoolwork.

An efficient eye care exam typically starts with basic questions about your overall health, medical, family and ocular history followed by tests to assess acuity (how clear the vision is), refraction (how well the eyes bend light), and general eye health. Before an eye examination the doctor enquires about any potential symptoms that you may be experiencing. Your eye doctor will use the Snellen chart to check your vision (based on the furthest row down that you can clearly read). A vision test will determine if you need to start wearing glasses or change your current glasses. In addition to determining nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, the test also helps in picking up early signs of eye disease/impairment including diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration or glaucoma, among others.

Only an eye doctor can perform a comprehensive eye exam. Most family physicians and paediatricians are not generally trained for this and they may miss some important vision conditions that require intervention. Regular eye examination is important for a clear vision, to learn more easily and for preserving your precious vision for life. Some very basic tools and techniques used by the eye doctor for an exam include a retinoscope, lens, occluder and eye dilation. A retinoscope is shined into the left and the right eye to get an accurate level of your vision. You will be asked to read the Snellen chart through various lenses to check which one helps in reading the chart clearly. The occluder is used by the doctor to block the vision one eye at a time to determine the individual sight in each eye. You may sometimes need to dilate your eyes for a closer look, using special dilation eye drops. Treatment may include spectacles or contact lenses, eye exercises or surgery, if required, or a medical treatment for an eye disease. You may be asked to get your eyes re-examined after a specified interval.