Comprehensive Eye ExamGood vision is important, and if you need a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses to see your best, then you need regular eye exams to check for changes in your vision so that your prescription can be updated to ensure you continue to have good vision.
What many people don’t realize, though, is that a comprehensive eye exam is an important part of healthcare, even if you feel your vision is fine. During the comprehensive eye exam, our expert doctor at Ensight Eyecare checks your visual acuity, but also evaluates the health of your eyes. Many eye diseases have little to no symptoms in the early stages, so it’s important to have them examined on a regular basis. A comprehensive eye exam can also reveal other conditions of which you may not be aware, such as diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disease, and high cholesterol.
While the specific tests can vary based on the needs of the individual patient, here is what to expect during the comprehensive eye exam.
Your doctor at Ensight Eyecare will ask you questions about any vision or eye health problems you may be having, your overall health, medications you’re currently taking, and any work-related or environmental situations which could affect your vision and eye health. Your doctor will also want to know whether there’s a history of eye diseases in your family.
Visual acuity, otherwise known as the clarity or sharpness of vision, is measured at 20 feet utilizing the Snellen chart.
Eye Focusing, Teaming, and Alignment Testing
Your eyes need to be able to change focus and work well together for clear vision. Your doctor will assess ocular motility and binocular vision to determine how well your eyes focus and work together. This testing can identify problems which prevent your eyes from effectively focusing or which make using both eyes together more difficult.
A refraction determines the lens power needed to help you with any refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
Eye Health Evaluation
Your doctor will use a variety of instruments, such as a microscope and other advanced technologies, to assess the health of your eyes. Sometimes, dilation of the pupils is needed for your doctor to see the structures inside your eyes. During the eye health evaluation, your doctor will be able to check the pressure in your eyes and can also identify eye and systemic diseases of which you may not be aware.
At the conclusion of your eye exam, your optometrist will provide you with a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses if you need them to see your best and will also talk to you about any vision or eye health issues revealed through the comprehensive eye exam.
Schedule Your Eye Examination at Ensight Eyecare
When was the last time you had an eye exam? Comprehensive eye exams are an important part of your healthcare, even if you feel your vision is fine. At Ensight Eyecare, it is our privilege to help you with all your eye care needs. Contact us today to make an appointment for your comprehensive eye exam.