Optometry & Licensed Optometrists located in Bakersfield, CA
Eye exams do more than check the clarity of your vision. Stockdale Optometry in Bakersfield, California, offers comprehensive eye exams that evaluate your eye health. Eye exams are an important part of your care plan, giving you insight into your overall health and well-being. Medical eye exams cover allergies, eye conditions, injuries, and chronic diseases like diabetes. Call or book online to get started today.
Medical Eye Exams
What is a medical eye exam?
If you wear eyeglasses or contacts, you probably go to the eye doctor regularly to get your prescription checked. But eye exams can do a lot more than evaluating your visual acuity. Medical eye exams are focused on the health of your eyes and eyelids.
If your eyes are red, itchy, or uncomfortable, a medical eye exam can help diagnose the cause of your discomfort. Common causes of eye irritation are chronic dry eye and allergies. With a medical eye exam, your optometric physician can diagnose any conditions impacting your eye health and recommend a treatment plan that’s right for you.
What conditions put your eye health at risk?
Most people should get an eye exam at least once every two years. But some health conditions may put you at increased risk for experiencing eye complications or vision loss.
Diabetes affects millions of Americans, many of whom suffer diabetic retinopathy or other eye-related complications. Diabetic retinopathy affects the blood vessels in your retina, and it can cause irreversible blindness if your diabetes is unmanaged. Diabetic eye exams check for damage in your eyes before you experience symptoms.
Glaucoma is another condition that can lead to blindness if left unmanaged. Common in older adults, glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve over time. At Stockdale Optometry, glaucoma management helps slow down the progression of the disease and preserve the quality of your vision.
Medical eye exams at Stockdale Optometry work to protect your eye health. Since many conditions don’t have noticeable warning signs, regular eye exams help identify changes in your eye health early — before you experience lasting vision loss.
When should I go to the eye doctor for an emergency visit?
Your eyes are specially equipped to protect themselves from infection and damage. Your eyelids, eyelashes, and tears work together to keep debris out and prevent injury, but sometimes accidents happen.
Signs of eye infections can include:
- Eye pain
- Itching or burning
- Sensation that something’s stuck in your eye
- Eye redness
- Light sensitivity
If your eyes hurt or something is stuck in your eye and it doesn’t come out when you close your eye, seek medical attention. Your optometric physician can diagnose a wide variety of conditions and give you treatment to relieve pain and prevent eye damage.
Whether you have an eye infection, eye irritation, or chronic health condition, getting a medical eye exam can protect your eye health and overall well-being. Learn more by booking an appointment online or calling the office.