Comprehensive Eye Exam

What should I expect at my yearly eye exam?

To ensure that your eyes function properly and remain healthy, you need to undergo regular comprehensive eye exams. 

Get Ready for your Eye Exam!

To prepare for your eye exam, you’ll need to bring a few things. Please remember to bring:

What specific tests will be done?

Visual Acuity

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.  

Slit Lamp Examination

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). 

Tonometry

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.

Pupil Dilation

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. 

Author
Guy Brignola, OD Guy Brignola, OD Guy Brignola, OD, is a board-certified optometrist treating patients in and around Trappe, Blue Bell, and North Wales, Pennsylvania, at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC. He has been practicing as an optometrist in the Philadelphia area for nearly 20 years, bringing extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, preoperative evaluations, and post-operative care to the practice.

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