Is it thorough enough? This is one of the most popular questions patients ask about eye screening in comparison to the more traditional eye examination. Both of these examination techniques are unique in their way.
So what exactly is an eye examination and vision screening? And what functions do they perform? Let’s find out…
What is Vision Screening?
Vision screening is a short examination carried out on the eye. This procedure although limited can be used to detect a present visual-related problem or a potential one. Vision screening is a sort of pre-exam to help determine if the patient requires further examination by an OT specialist.
What is an Eye Examination?
Comprehensive dilated eye examination usually referred to as eye examination, on the other hand, is a full-scale procedure that involves a holistic view of the patient’s overall eye health. This process is meant to provide a diagnosis and proposed treatment.
For the eye examination to successfully perform its function, there are 6 prerequisite components or factors that must be involved, namely; medical history, visual history, eye health evaluation, refraction or visual acuity test, visual field testing, and a descriptive examination result.
These components ensure that the examination is thorough and accurate.
What is the role of an OT (Occupational Therapist) in Vision Screening?
An Occupational therapist is a trained medical professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating eye problems. OT make professional clinical assessment to evaluate vision, perception, and processing abilities which could negatively impact the patient’s participation in daily activities.
They will perform visual screening to obtain a diagnosis on Glaucoma, Cataract, Stroke, Macular degeneration, Traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury with the help of normal signs and symptoms of eye defects like; unusual and sometimes painful sensitivity to light, Changes in the color of Iris, swollen and/or red eyes, itching, burning, or heavy discharge in the eyes.
The Last Bits…
Although comprehensive dilated eye exams and vision screenings are both techniques in eye exams, they differ in duration and thoroughness. It is advisable that you, first of all, go through a visual screening to find out the source of your eye problems and if you need further examination.