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Keeping An Eye On Your Health With Eye Checks

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by the team at plano (Guest post), February 26, 2020

What’s the first thing you see when you look at someone? Likely, their eyes! You might notice the colour of the person’s eyes first, or you might notice his/her eyelashes. But did you know you can find out a lot about someone’s health by looking at his/her eyes?

As the saying goes, the eyes are a window to the soul. And it could not be truer. Superficially, you can already tell a lot about the person’s health by looking at the whites of their eyes – also known as the sclera. If the sclera appears to have a yellowish tint, it could indicate the presence of jaundice. It could also indicate a condition of the liver, pancreas, or gallbladder. Now, that’s just the front of your eyes. 

Beyond the sclera, examining the depths of your eyes can uncover even more clues to your health. Just like how you need a good detective to discover well-hidden clues, you need an optometrist to give your eyes a thorough check to reveal any undiscovered vision issues. Yes, that means checking everything in your eye – even the retina!

The need for comprehensive eye checks

What is a comprehensive eye check? 

A comprehensive eye check is a thorough eye exam performed by an optometrist. While rigorous, a comprehensive eye check is also thorough – it can identify the presence of glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachments, macular degeneration, and more. 

Attending a comprehensive eye checkup appointment has been made easier with plano Eyecheck. plano Eyecheck is a one-stop booking platform that brings eye checks closer to you at an affordable price. With optometry partners located all over the island such as Nanyang Optical, W Optics, Videre Eyecare and Optic Point, you can book an eye check at a location most convenient to you. You can register an appointment at planoeyecheck.com. 

Is there a difference between that and the annual eye checks in school?

The annual eye checks administered in schools are more commonly known as a vision screening. 

If you require a vision screening, Speedoc provides on-the-call vision assessments. This is done with a Snellen chart and clinical assessments to determine squint or any eyelid abnormalities. 

On top of vision assessments, Speedoc provides 24/7 professional hospital level of care in the comfort of your home. It is carried out by a team of multilingual qualified doctors and trained nurses. Speedoc’s services include medical care for common illnesses, geriatric care, palliative care, nursing care, ambulance booking, medicine delivery, post-operation and/or step down care. 

A comprehensive eye examination is different from a vision screening. For starters, the duration of a vision screening is relatively shorter than a comprehensive eye check. On the other hand, a comprehensive eye check can take up to half an hour or more to fully examine your vision health and the condition of your eyes. During a comprehensive eye check, your optometrist will, at the very least, go through vision acuity tests, colour vision tests, a cover test, and a retinoscopy to study your retina.  

How often should you attend a comprehensive eye check?

Just like how we make a trip to the dentist once a year, comprehensive eye checks should be done annually as well. Attending one annually can help diagnose any health problems that may surface or have gone undetected. 

If necessary, your optometrist will likely provide you with recommendations on how to manage your health. Managing your health can be tricky, but with Speedoc, fully licensed and qualified doctors are just a click away through the Speedoc app. You can request for a doctor at any time through the app, and the Speedoc team will arrive at your doorstep in no time. Download the app on the App Store or Google Play Store, or contact Speedoc’s 24/7 hotline at +65 8180 8948.

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