Eye Exam Specialist

Mission Viejo Optometric Center

Optometrists located in Mission Viejo, CA

Many diseases affect your vision and have symptoms that reveal themselves in an eye exam, which is what makes them an important part of maintaining your overall health. At Mission Viejo Optometric Center in Mission Viejo, California, skilled optometrist Dr. Tanya Lau, OD, provides comprehensive eye exams and remains committed to providing quality care and in-depth evaluations to assess your vision and check for signs of disease. If you have concerns about your eye health, call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.

Eye Exam Q&A

Mission Viejo Optometric Center

What is an eye exam?

During your comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Lau evaluates your eye health and vision and listens to your concerns.

The exam involves vision measurement exercises using lettered charts and other medical instruments that enable Dr. Lau to determine several factors, including your peripheral vision and how well you’re able to see objects close-up and far away.

Your comprehensive eye exam often includes a dilation exam that allows Dr. Lau to see inside and to the back of your eye to check for any signs of eye diseases and conditions that might impair your vision.

How often should I have an eye exam?

Dr. Lau recommends comprehensive eye exams every one to two years. More frequent exams are recommended as you age, and to monitor your condition if:

  • You have certain eye health conditions and existing problems with your vision
  • You wear contact lenses regularly to help ensure your corneas, the clear lenses covering your eyes, remain healthy and in good condition

Children should have their first eye exams within the first six months after birth, since this is when certain eye complications may begin. Another exam is recommended by age 3, and again before they start first grade.

What are the benefits of a comprehensive eye exam?

A comprehensive eye exam from Dr. Lau helps to protect you against eye diseases and conditions that may lead to serious complications, including blindness, over time if left untreated.

Some eye diseases have few symptoms or no symptoms at all and can go unnoticed without an eye exam. A comprehensive eye exam helps Dr. Lau identify abnormalities and eye diseases and catch them early, when they can be better treated.

An eye exam also helps Dr. Lau manage any pre-existing conditions you might have and improve your eye health.

What if my eye exam reveals I need corrective eyewear?

Dr. Lau determines your current eye health and vision and writes you a prescription for eyewear, such as sunglasses, eyeglasses, contact lenses, and specialty glasses, to assist your vision if the eye exam reveals any issues.

Some chronic medical conditions may negatively impact your vision and exhibit signs in your eyes, even in the earliest stages of the disease. Medical conditions that may impact your vision include:

  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Crohn’s disease

It’s important you stay up-to-date with your eye exams and be proactive with your eye health. To learn more, call Mission Viejo Optometric Center in Orange County or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.