At Ideal Family Eye Care, we offer comprehensive exams that cover all aspects of your vision and eye health. We start with questions regarding your daily life and any symptoms you may be experiencing at home or at work. We also take record of your vision, medications, and overall health. Then our optometrists perform a visual exam to take a look at your eye and eyelids. This is done with magnification and light, and may require dilating of the pupils. We also record your eye pressure with tonometry, which is an important test to identify patients at risk of developing glaucoma.
Comprehensive Eye Exam Q & A
How often should I have a comprehensive eye exam?
The American Optometric Association recommends comprehensive eye exams for children and adults every 1-2 years, depending on your eye health and risk level. Your eye doctor at Ideal Family Eye Care recommends a specific schedule for your comprehensive eye exams.
Comprehensive eye exams are crucial for eye health and wellness. During these exams, your eye doctor at Ideal Family Eye Care can identify emerging issues, update prescriptions as needed, and help you with preventive eye care.
What should I bring to my eye exam?
Bring everything you use for vision correction, including your glasses, contacts, and prescription sunglasses. Also, make a list of all your current medications, including prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and supplements. If you have vision insurance, bring your insurance card or information as well.
What happens during an eye exam?
Eye exams at Ideal Family Eye Care are comprehensive. They’re designed to check all aspects of your vision and eye health. You start with a medical history review with a member of the Ideal Family Eye Care team. Your provider then conducts a series of tests, including:
- Visual acuity test: checks vision sharpness at a distance and up close
- Color blindness test: checks color perception
- Cover test: evaluates how your eyes work as a team, checks for lazy eye and eye strain
- Visual field test: checks for vision loss due to glaucoma or other conditions
- Pupil test: checks pupil reaction to a bright light, which may indicate neurological issues
- Optical coherence tomography: checks your inner eye to find glaucoma, detached retina, or other serious conditions
- Retinal photography: captures back-of-the-eye images to check for damage from diabetes or another disease
Your Ideal Family Eye Care eye doctor also performs refraction tests to determine what kind of vision correction you need, if any. In a refraction test, you look through a special device, a phoropter, to check your vision through a series of lenses. You compare lenses until you find the prescription that gives you the clearest vision.
For comprehensive eye exams from a caring and committed team, click the online scheduler or call Ideal Family Eye Care for your appointment today.