It’s been a few years since my last eye exam.
I really can’t remember what kind of tests I’ll have to do.
Eye exams are important for assessing your vision and eye health, so you can see your
They don’t need to be intimidating…When you come in, bring your insurance information
and any vision questions you have.
Don’t forget your contacts, glasses, or sunglasses…First comes the pretest, where
the technician will check your general health and how your eyes reflect your health.
They’ll check your blood pressure and test color and depth perception.
A gentle puff of air screens for glaucoma by looking for excess pressure in your eye
that could damage your vision.
A Retinal screening captures a detailed image of your eye.
The auto-refractor shows how your retina processes images.
And visual field screening assesses your peripheral vision…how well you see from the side.
Covering your eyes one at a time checks how they work together, and whether they’re
aligned…Following a small object with your eyes checks the muscles and helps evaluate
how your eyes send images to your brain.
This is the part where I always think I’m going to say the wrong thing.
Don’t worry, there’s no wrong answer.
When looking through a phoropter at a variety of images, you’ll be asked which image is
better or clearer.
It’s designed to help the doctor measure the vision correction you need and make sure
you get the lenses that help you to see your best…A slit lamp magnifies your eyes so
the doctor can check for cataracts, infection or signs of disease.
What about dilation?
How does it work?
The doctor may put drops in your eyes to dilate them.
After 15 minutes, he’ll use a bio-microscope to check your retina and look deeper into
your eye for other signs of potential issues you might not even know are there, because
the retina doesn’t feel pain.
The dilation process makes your vision temporarily blurry.
After your exam, the doctor can discuss your vision health and determine the right prescription
Feel free to ask any questions about your eye health, prescription sunglasses or contact
lenses…Be sure to schedule your next exam before you leave.
You can make appointments for your family too…Your final step is working with an Optician
to pick the glasses that fit your prescription needs, your face and your lifestyle.
An annual eye exam is the key to a lifetime of healthy vision.