Several companies offer eye tests that you can take on the internet with your computer or smartphone. These new technologies certainly add convenience…but are they really worth it?
According to WebMD, these eye tests can benefit certain situations, like if you break or lose your glasses when you’re far from home and you need a prescription to get new ones. However, online eye exams definitely do not, nor should they replace regular visits to your eye doctor.
A reputable eye doctor will use a wide variety of tests and procedures to examine your eyes. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to visualize the tiny structures inside of your eyes. A comprehensive eye exam may include more complex testing that is required to fully evaluate the health of your eyes.
Online eye exams cannot identify if you have a condition that can threaten your sight, like cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration. Additionally, they cannot diagnose an infection or eye injury.
“I always remind my patients, especially after LASIK vision correction surgery that it’s very important to schedule routine comprehensive exams to maintain healthy vision,” says Dr. Shofner.
Did you know a comprehensive eye exam could also detect other health issues such as specific types of dementia, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and even tumours? Your eye doctor can find warning signs long before your family doctor can discern a problem. For this reason, it is vitally important for everyone to have a regular eye exam by a professional vision care center...not from the Internet.
Make your eye health a priority and don’t delay in scheduling your eye exam. Dr. Shofner and Dr. Patel welcome new patients and most all insurances are accepted, call us at (615) 340-4733 or schedule your appointment online.