FAQ

Many individuals who feel they have good vision are not aware of the importance of seeing an Optometrist on an annual basis. Seeing an Optometrist regularly is an important aspect of your health care. An eye doctor may be able to pick up eye diseases that don’t have symptoms, even if you have good eyesight. In fact, when doing a routine eye exam, an eye doctor can detect many health conditions at their earliest possible stages such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. This makes eye appointments all the more important as they may help assess your overall health, as well as the health of your eyes.

For many people who don’t know what to expect, the idea of an eye exam may be frightening. To help you get a better understanding of what an eye exam involves, here are our FAQS:

Do you require a patient history?
Yes, similar to any medical appointment, on your first visit to the Optometrist you will be asked a variety of health related questions about you and your family. Each answer you are able to provide will give the eye doctor a better understanding of your health history to ensure the best eye care possible.
What preliminary tests do you perform?
We perform three preliminary tests. The Auto-refractor test involves staring at a picture on a screen for a short time to give the eye doctor a rough idea of your prescription. The Visual Field test is a way for the eye doctor to assess your peripheral or side vision. It involves pressing a button when you see an object appear on the screen, similar to a video game! In addition, we use a retinal camera to take a picture of the inside of your eye. It’s just like having a flash photo.
What is done during an eye exam?
After completing the preliminary tests, the eye doctor will first have you read an eye chart with letters of various sizes. There are no wrong answers because every answer helps the doctor assess your vision to determine your proper prescription. The eye doctor will also use other simple tools or lights held in front of your eyes to check your overall eye health. This includes assessing your eye coordination, eye muscles, and internal eye structures. The doctor may recommend the use of eye drops during the exam to dilate your pupils to give her a better view inside your eyes. Typically the drops are used the same day, but if necessary, a separate visit may be arranged. The Optometrist will also check the pressure of your eyes to determine your risk for glaucoma. This is done by using an eye drop and a special blue light. There is no puff of air with our method and many people find they prefer this technique compared to the “puff test”. After the eye exam, your doctor will discuss the health of your eyes, and whether or not you need glasses.

Overall, seeing an Optometrist is a simple, comfortable appointment, generally lasting less than an hour. Since the health of your eyes may be an indicator of your entire body health, it is important to have your eyes checked annually. Book an eye exam today!

 

 

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