Eye Exam

Scott Vandenbelt, M.D. -  - Ophthalmology

Valley Eye Care, P.C.

Scott Vandenbelt, M.D.

Ophthalmology located in Bay City, MI

You know there are a few health to-dos you need to check off your list periodically. In addition to your general physical and a trip to the dentist, eye exams are a key part of protecting your overall health. Scott Vandenbelt, MD, and the team at Valley Eye Care, P.C. in Bay City, Michigan, can offer you a comprehensive, comfortable, and convenient eye exam. To learn more or to schedule your visit, call or request your appointment online today.

Eye Exam Q & A

What does an eye exam include?

During your eye exam, Dr. Vandenbelt tests your eyes in a number of ways. He is evaluating your overall ocular health, looking for any potential health issues, and checking your vision.

Your eye exam always includes a test of your visual acuity. This is Dr. Vandenbelt’s opportunity to assess if you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. If your eyes are impacted by any of these vision impairments, Dr. Vandenbelt fits you with a pair of glasses or contact lenses to restore the clarity of your vision.

In addition to that standard eye chart test, your eye exam usually includes:

  • A test for color blindness
  • A depth perception test
  • A test of the eye’s ability to track
  • A test of the eyes’ ability to work together

Dr. Vandenbelt also uses a slit lamp to look into the structure of your eye, identifying any eye conditions for which you may need treatment.  

Why are eye exams important for children?

Like most other parts of a child’s body, the eye takes time to develop. By getting regular eye exams, your child’s eye growth and overall health can be monitored during these critical developmental stages.

What’s more, an eye exam can actually help your child excel. Noticing and correcting vision impairments early can make all the difference. Challenges seeing the board in class, tracking the ball during recess, or just going about daily activities can make school unnecessarily hard and stressful for your son or daughter. Correcting their vision sets them up for success.

Why are eye exams important for adults?

As an adult, a regular eye exam is an important preventive health step. By visiting Dr. Vandenbelt on a regular basis, you ensure that he can check for any eye abnormalities and screen for various ocular diseases. This can be crucial in protecting your vision.

Glaucoma, for example, has very few early symptoms but can do permanent damage to your vision. During an eye exam, Dr. Vandenbelt will screen for glaucoma and ensure your vision isn’t in any danger. Generally, you should have your eyes checked every one to two years.

For a comprehensive eye exam, call Valley Eye Care, P.C. today or request an appointment online.