Eye Exam

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While most people know that getting regular dental check ups is important to staying healthy, fewer, especially those with 20/20 vision, are apt to get annual eye exams. If you get regular physicals from your primary care physician, then you are likely getting a basic eye check. However, when it comes to checking for the early signs of eye disease or the development of chronic impairments, seeing an optometrist regularly is essential.

Another important aspect of getting regular eye exams is to detect potential weakening of your vision. Whether or not you use glasses or wear contacts, your vision can get slightly worse as the years go on, especially later in life. This tip is particularly crucial for those who correct vision impairment using optical gear, as they may have to adjust their prescriptions as their vision improves or worsens. The type of eye exam you will get depends on your age, the current condition of your eyes and whether or not you use glasses and/or contacts. In this section, we will highlight the importance of eye exams and detail what you should expect in different types of eye exams. Our articles will also give you advice on how to prepare for different types of eye exams.

Types of Eye Exams

When you go in to get your eyes checked, the optometrist will perform a series of eye tests to evaluate your ability to see, as well as the health of your eyes in terms of your disposition to diseases and optical impairments. Although some may think that eye tests revolve around reading eye charts, there is a lot more involved in getting an eye exam.

The tests you should expect to take during an eye exam will test your:

  • color vision
  • visual acuity (the amount of detail you can see)
  • visual field (the distance and widths you can see).

As optometrists perform these tests, they will use:

  • eye drops to dilate your eyes
  • ophthalmoscope (an instrument with a bright light that examines the inner parts of the eye)
  • slit lamp (an instrument that also has a bright light to detect for the initial signs of eye disease).

Keep reading for more information on what you should expect when you go in for an eye exam.

Preparing for an Eye Exam

Before going into the optometrist’s office for your next eye exam, make sure that you are adequately prepared so that you can make the exam as useful and effective as possible. As you are preparing for your next eye exam, think about any questions or concerns you have that are related to your eyes.

Evaluate the current condition of your vision, as well as what you do on a daily basis to care for your eyes. This means that you should not only evaluate how (or if) your vision has changed since your last exam, but also note whether you take supplements, use eye drops or wear protective glasses regularly. Read on for more advice on preparing for your next eye exam.