A comprehensive eye exam includes more than just a vision test. Whether you have the need for corrective lenses or not, eye examinations should be part of your personal health and wellness program. Without a comprehensive eye examination, potentially dangerous conditions may go undiagnosed for years, turning a minor health problem into a major issue.
Here is what to expect during your BVO comprehensive eye exam:
- Visual Acuity Test: This is usually among the first test done inside the exam room. We measure the sharpness of your vision without your prescription and with your prescription. The measurement “20/20” derives from this part of the exam.
- Color Blindness Test: Performed to screen and uncover any color blindness. This test also provides additional information that can be helpful in uncovering particular eye health problems.
- Depth Perception Test: Also known as the 3-D test, this procedure provides useful information about your binocular vision ability, or the ability to use both eyes together.
- Cover Test: This part of the exam is testing the your eye alignment and possible eye turns. This test is especially important in our child-age patients with a possible lazy eye (Amblyopia).
- Peripheral Vision Test: Also known as side-vision testing, we will take the time to determine any blind spots in your side-vision. This test is especially important for many eye diseases including glaucoma.
- Refraction: Which choice is more clear? “1 or 2”? Yup, this is the portion of the exam that is dedicated to determining your eyeglass prescriptions. Our doctors does not prescribe strictly base on this testing alone. Your customized glasses prescriptions are finalized after considerations to binocular vision, eye alignment, old glasses prescriptions, and much more.
- Eye Pressure Test: A common eye pressure test known as the “air puff” test will not be performed at BVO. We have carefully selected an alternative eye pressure method to obtain the pressure inside your eyes. The test is especially important in screening for glaucoma.
- Ocular Health Exam: Using many different instruments including the slit lamp or an ophthalmoscopy, our doctors carefully evaluates the health of your eyes. We scope the eyes from the front to the back and all around, digging for any signs of retinal issues. Common and rare eye conditions and diseases can be detected during this part of the exam including cataracts, macular degeneration, corneal ulcers and diabetic retinopathy.
- Dilation Exam: If necessary, our doctors will perform a dilated eye exam to further evaluate the health of your eyes. We understand nobody enjoys having their eyes dilated but this crucial test allows our doctors to perform the most thorough evaluation of the internal health of the eyes. More on dilated eye exam.
- Other Testing: These are just some of the more common tests performed during your comprehensive eye exam. Depending on your visual concerns, extra testing may be performed.
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