What to Expect from Comprehensive Eye Exams?



If you have never had an eye exam before, you may be nervous or apprehensive about what to expect.

Scheduling your appointment at Ideal Family Eye Care, you can expect a comfortable and safe environment provided by our experienced team.

Although eye exams may seem intimidating at first, there is nothing to fear when it comes to comprehensive eye exams from Ideal Family Eye Care.


At the Optician


When you come to our office for an exam, there are numbers of tests and vision checks that we perform. Eye exams typically consist of the following:

  • Medical History: One of our staff members will start your appointment by asking you questions about your medical history, any concerns you may have and prior vision problems. Please say anything that you believe may be important for doctor to know! And bring your list of current medications and all glasses expecially driving prescription sun wear. Macular screening test to detect risks for macular degeneration , #1 cause of blindness in America
  • Visual Acuity Tests: This specific part of the exam checks the sharpness of your eyes. These tests check for both distance vision and near vision.
  • Color Blindness Test: Color vision is important and a comprehensive eye exam. It will include a testing for color blindness or other color vision problems.
  • Cover Test: The doctor will test to see how well your eyes work together. You will have to focus on a small object across the room and then cover each eye while you stare at the target. This will assess for some vision problems such as lazy eye or eye strain.
  • Visual field – checking for glaucoma or any loss of vision due to stroke or even brain tumor
  • Pupils – checks how pupils react to light to rule out neurological problems
  • Refraction: During this test, an instrument called a phoropter is placed in front of your eyes and a series on lenses are shown. Your doctor will ask which lens appears clearer, helping to find your final prescription.
  • OCT: Optical coherence tomography – like ultrasound that examines retina and optic nerves for retinal abnormalities to detect diseases such as glaucoma, AMD , tumors , hemorrhages , or retinal detachments
  • Retinal photography: It is a detailed photography of back of the eye – very helpful with diagnosis of many even not vision related diseases like diabetes, hypertension or to early stroke prevention.


It is highly recommended that You bring a driver since your vision might be impaired after dilated eye drops were instilled.


Schedule a Chicago Eye Exam Today

If you live in Chicago or surrounding areas and are suffering from vision problems or think you may need an eye exam, contact our Jefferson Park office today. We can schedule you for a routine exam and answer any questions you may have about your vision. Our experienced staff is here for you.

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