To ensure that your eyes function properly and remain healthy, you need to undergo regular comprehensive eye exams.
To prepare for your eye exam, you’ll need to bring a few things. Please remember to bring:
After a medical and ocular history is taken, you will read an eye chart that has letters that progressively get smaller. You’ll be asked to read the smallest line of letters that you can with each eye separately.
Your doctor will look at your eye under magnification with a slit lamp microscope. This test will enable them to examine the lids, lashes, front surface of the eye (conjunctiva and cornea) and the structures in the back of the eye (optic nerve and retina).
This is done to measure the intraocular pressure inside your eye. This is one way the doctor will check your eyes for Glaucoma, a disease that causes damage to your optic nerve.
The eye drops used for dilation cause your pupils to widen, allowing in more light and giving your doctor a better view of the back of your eye. Eye dilation assists your doctor in diagnosing common diseases and conditions, possibly at their earliest stages. They include:
Eye dilation also makes your vision blurry and your eyes more light sensitive, which, for a few hours, can affect your ability to drive or work. So if eye dilation is greatly inconvenient, ask your doctor about arranging another appointment.
So don’t put off an eye examination just because you think you see well. Be proactive about your health and book those appointments at the intervals your eye doctor has suggested.