What Constitutes A Good Eye Exam, And How Should It Be Different For People Of Different Ages?

Question: What constitutes a good eye exam, and how should it be different for people of different ages?

Answer: A good eye exam involves the determination of the best corrected visual acuity, the visual field of the patient and an examination of the structures of the eye, both in the front and a good examination of the back of the eye. In older patients, we are concerned primarily with degenerative diseases or diseases that may be due to vascular changes. In young patients, we're primarily interested in looking for evidence of infectious diseases but both require comprehensive exam.