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October 2022 ~ All About Health Screenings

Health screenings occur in our community all the time! The best part is that most of them are completely free of cost and provide you with important information regarding your health that you may not have otherwise known!


SAVE THE DATE!!! WOMEN KNOW YOUR NUMBERS!!

Saturday, November 12th, 2022

ENON TABERNACLE EAST

2800 West Cheltenham Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19150


Nostalgic Eye Care is proud to be participating in this event and providing vision screenings for our community!



Nostalgic Eye Care is here to educate our community and make sure that we have the correct knowledge to protect and preserve our most important sense and gift of sight.


What is a health screening?

A health screening is a test provided by a medical professional in which they use their skills to perform testing on people who are asymptomatic or a subgroup of individuals who are particularly likely to have a certain disease.


What do we look for during vision screenings?

The American Optometric Association recommends a professional vision assessment by an optometrist every two years for people aged 18 to 60 years of age and annually for people aged 61 years and older (Cohen et al., 2018). Most people will not come in to get an eye exam if they do not sense that something may be wrong or if they believe they can see well. However, an eye examination not only checks your vision, but the general health of your eye. During a vision screening we are looking to see if there is evidence of a visual impairment or a potential vision problem in the future in someone who may not necessarily have any symptoms in the present moment.



What tests will be performed?

  • Visual Acuity

  • You will be asked to read the lowest line of letters you can read at distance and near to give insight into how well you can see.

  • Extraocular Muscle Motility

  • You will be asked to follow a light with your eyes and the examiner will check to see if there are any issues with the muscles in your eyes.

  • Pupillary Reflex

  • The examiner will shine a light into your eye and check the reflex of your pupils to make sure the nerves in your brain are functioning properly.

  • Confrontation Visual Field Testing

  • The examiner will perform a quick screening test to determine if you have any visual field loss.

  • Note: This is not the same as the Humphrey visual field test that is used during glaucoma screening.

  • Cover Test

  • The examiner will check the alignment of your eyes.


After attending a screening the examiner will determine if you should be seen for a more in depth examination if they find anything that they believe should be further investigated by a doctor. They will provide you with a list of doctors in the community and you should schedule an appointment to be seen. It is important that you follow-up because if you seek medical help you have the opportunity to treat a condition you may not have been aware of before it potentially worsens and you experience unwanted symptoms.


References:


Cohen HS, Stitz J, Sangi-Haghpeykar H, Williams SP. Vision Screening in Adults Across the Life Span. South Med J. 2018 Feb;111(2):109-112. doi: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000762. PMID: 29394428; PMCID: PMC5798005.


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