- A comprehensive vision and eye exam includes more than just a test for a new prescription for new glasses. It is much more than that! Whether you have the need for corrective prescription lenses or not, eye examinations should be part of your personal health and wellness program. Without a comprehensive vision and eye examination, potentially dangerous conditions may go undetected for years and could turn a minor eye health problem into a major issue. The goal of a comprehensive vision and eye exam is to maximize visual potential and secondly ensure healthy eyes. Learn more about eye exam appointments with Bright Vision Optometry.
Here is what to expect during your next comprehensive vision and 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 certain eye diseases such as glaucoma. Did you know about 5% of males in the world have some color vision blindness?
- Depth Perception Test: Known as the 3-D vision test, this procedure provides useful information about your ability to use both eyes together. Do you or your child have trouble seeing 3-D movies?
- Cover Test: This part of the exam looks at the alignment of your eyes and exams for possible eye turns. This test is especially important in young children. If an eye turn is present and not managed, it could lead to a lazy eye or (Amblyopia).
- Peripheral Vision Test: Also known as side-vision test. 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 and driving. The DMV requires good side vision in order for you to obtain your drivers license.
- 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 do not prescribe strictly base on this testing alone. Your customized glasses prescriptions are finalized after considerations to binocular vision, eye alignment, old glasses prescriptions, the individual’s vision needs 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 method to record eye pressure. Our “air-puff free” pressure test is comfortable, fast and easy on the eyes! This test is especially important in screening for glaucoma, which is sometimes related to higher eye pressures.
- 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. Dilation is included with the cost your comprehensive eye exam, you will not need to pay an extra charge for this service.
- 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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