Dr. Michael A. Hochman, one of Laredo’s leading ophthalmologists and retina eye specialists, has been helping his patients improve their eye health for over twenty years. He encourages everyone to visit their eye health provider and to have regular follow-ups.
Annual comprehensive eye exams are very important. Regular eye exams are important too, but in order to maintain good eye health and to prevent further damage to the eyes, it is recommended for people to have at least one comprehensive eye exam to evaluate the different parts of their eyes.
During a comprehensive eye exam, an ophthalmologist will dilate the pupils of the patient to get a better view of the structures inside the eye. This is usually done by using dilating drops. Comprehensive eye exams help detect cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or other hereditary eye diseases or disorders. It is crucial for patients to inform their eye specialists and their primary care physicians about any family history that may affect their health, including the eyes. Health issues that may affect eye sight include diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
With time, most people experience normal wear and tear in their eyes. Most eye problems that accompany aging are not serious. However, there are some signs of poor vision that include severe eye pain that happens suddenly, recurrent pain around the eye, seeing flashes of light, seeing sudden bright floating spots, changes in the color of the iris, or white areas in the pupil of the eye to name a few. Warning signs like these are serious, and people who experience them should make an appointment with their eye health provider immediately.
For more information or to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, contact Dr. Hochman’s office at (956) 795-8310.