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FAQ – Adult Eye Exam

Why do so many people skip their annual eye exam?

We believe it’s because patients don’t know the importance of a vision exam and also don’t know what to expect when they come in. For this reason, we feel it’s important to educate our patients on the reasons for a vision exam and also to explain the process, so you feel comfortable knowing there’s nothing to worry about.

I am healthy and can see clearly why do I need an eye exam?

A comprehensive eye exam is important for everyone, not just for people who have blurred vision or wear glasses. It is a great way to protect your eyes and your health. Not only can you find out if glasses or contacts are needed, but also check for eye diseases that can potentially threaten your eyesight in the future if not treated. Many have said that the eyes are a window to the soul which is not entirely false; at your eye appointment, we can check for ocular changes resulting from health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, inflammatory conditions and many others.

How often do I need an eye exam?

Eye examinations can reveal much more than vision impairments – they can save lives. If you haven’t had an eye exam in the past 12 to 24 months, contact us to schedule an appointment.

How long will it take to exam my eyes?

An uncomplicated eye examination will take approximately half an hour and will include a series of tests using advanced optometric instrumentation.

What’s the Difference between a Vision Screening and a Complete Eye Exam?

A vision screening can be helpful but it is by no means a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. Vision screenings are used to help identify those at risk for vision problems and are often performed by a school nurse or volunteer. Even the test conducted by the clerk at the Drivers License Bureau is a form of vision screening. While these efforts can be helpful, they are not conducted by experienced professionals who have the training to detect eye disease.

A comprehensive eye examination performed by our optometrist involves careful testing of every aspect of your vision. The exam will give the eye doctor enough information to recommend a personal treatment plan. These exams are much more thorough than the simple vision check conducted by family physicians and pediatricians as part of a medical check-up.

Treatment plans can be as simple as recommending eyeglasses or as serious as spotting a need for eye surgery. The point is that only with a comprehensive eye exam can you be sure that your eyes are getting the best treatment available. That is why no matter who you are, annual eye exams are essential to ensure you are seeing clearly and preserving your vision for life

Why is my personal background important?

The doctor will review any current vision problems, your general health, as well as discuss your hobbies and lifestyle requirements to better tailor the examination to your needs.

Why is it necessary to know my blood pressure?

High blood pressure can affect the blood vessels in your eyes and can lead to future vision problems.

Why am I asked to follow a light with my eyes?

This test is used to determine how your pupils and eye muscles react, and is important in assessing neurological function.

Is it necessary for doctor to dilate my pupils during the exam?

Pupil dilation is not always necessary.  The doctor will make this decision during your exam.  If required, this painless process is like opening a door so the doctor can fully exam the retina.  Dilation can also help detect diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and macular degeneration.

What should I expect after my appointment?

If you are given a clean bill of health with no vision impairments, you can return to your normal activities and plan to visit us annually. If you are found to have refractive errors, you may be given a prescription for corrective lenses. In cases where disease is present, you may be asked to return for further testing or be referred out for medical treatment.