Before going in for an eye exam, it’s important to know what you (or your child) can expect during the appointment. First and foremost, the purpose of an eye exam is to check a person’s vision for any changes or imperfections. Eye doctors also use this opportunity to look for any diseases of the eye. During the appointment, a variety of tests and tools are used. Each one of these procedures analyzes a separate aspect of a person’s vision.
At the beginning of the exam, your doctor will ask about your medical history and any problems you might be experiencing with your vision or eyes. Next, the doctor will use a light to evaluate the exterior parts of the eye. He or she will also measure the patient’s visual acuity and determine whether the person needs corrective lenses. In addition, the doctor will check the health of the eye itself and look for signs of disease.
A thorough exam will cover the appearance, function, acuity and health of a person’s vision and eyes. Common tests performed during an exam include the eye muscle test, the visual acuity test, the visual field test, color vision testing and glaucoma testing.
Other tests may be performed according to your specific needs, age, and pre-existing conditions. If you’re going to a new eye doctor, or you’ve never experienced an exam, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about your precise needs. A good relationship with your practitioner, in combination with your True Dental Discounts vision care plan, will get you on your way to a lifetime of great vision.