At 121 Eye Care, we believe that an annual comprehensive eye exam is the best way to maintain healthy vision. Not only will a routine eye examination help keep your glasses or contact lens prescription current – it will also help detect potential eye problems before they cause any long-term damage to your eyesight. Remember that a comprehensive EYE EXAM is not the same thing as a VISION SCREENING. Vision screenings are general eye tests that are meant to help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. Screenings include brief vision tests performed at your local school, pediatrician’s office, or at the DMV when getting your driver’s license renewed. A vision screening can indicate that you need to get an eye exam, but it does not serve as a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. Annual comprehensive eye examinations are necessary for ensuring overall ocular health. Moreover, they help to detect abnormal changes in the eye that can indicate a more serious issue. This is true for those that wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, as well as for individuals that have 20/20 vision. While some changes in vision may be obvious, such as the inability to read the board, many vision problems have no symptoms or signs, and without an annual eye exam they can go unnoticed until they fester into a much worse issue that cannot be reversed. The key to maintaining good vision, and good health, is early detection. During the exam our eye doctor looks for any abnormal changes that could be indicators of potential eye diseases or conditions. Additional tests may be required based on the results of the comprehensive eye exam.