Eye Exams are important part of your overall health. In addition to assessing your visual acuity, your eye care professional will look for signs of common eye diseases: Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Cataracts. Serious health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure may first be detected during an eye exam.
The comprehensive eye exam looks at your eye externally and internally for any signs of eye disease, then tests your vision in a variety of ways.
Visual Acuity – Testing how well you see currently (please bring your contact lenses and glasses with you for your exam)
Refraction – Using different lenses to sharpen focus and needed to generate a glasses prescription
Visual Function – This includes testing depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision, and the response of the pupils to light, as well as an evaluation of eye focusing, eye teaming, and eye movement abilities.
External Exam – This is an evaluation of the whites of your eyes, the iris, pupil, eyelids, and eyelashes.
Internal Exam – This is an evaluation of the retina and optic nerve while your eyes are dilated. We also offer a wellness screening (for an additional charge, not covered by insurance) that provides additional information on the health of the optic nerve and macula.
Eye Pressure Testing – This is a test of fluid pressure within your eyes. High pressure is a risk factor for developing glaucoma.
Even though you visit a separate office for your eye health, that doesn’t mean your eyes shouldn’t be treated holistically. Your eye doctor will discuss your overall health and that of your immediate family, any medications you’re taking, and whether you have high blood pressure or diabetes. They’ll also want to know if you smoke and how much sun exposure you get. All these factors help the eye doctor properly assess your eye health.
We recommend a comprehensive vision exam every 1-2 years or as often as recommended by your eye doctor.