Why are Eye Exams so important?
We strongly encourage everyone to get a comprehensive eye exam once a year. Even if you do not have vision problems, a vision “check-up” can be critical in spotting and treating issues before they affect your vision. This is especially important for children who may not even realize that the problems they may be having in school are actually vision-related. Our comprehensive eye exam is designed to provide a complete evaluation of your vision health.
When our optometrists conduct an eye exam, they are not only determining the proper prescription for your eyeglasses. They are also checking your eyes for common eye diseases. Some simple tests that they perform can detect the early onset of a serious eye illness such as Glaucoma. With early detection, your chances of successful treatment are much higher. Our eye doctors will also assess how your eyes work together. Finally, your eyes can be an indicator of your overall health, and our doctors will evaluate if there are any non-vision health issues that you should be made aware of.
What Procedures To Expect in a Comprehensive Eye Examination at Newport Vision Center:
Basic Visual Field Screening – tests your peripheral vision
Color Vision and Depth Perception
Autorefractor – gives a general idea of a patient’s prescription, especially useful for those who may have difficulty with a regular (subjective) refraction
Tonometer – everyone’s favorite “puff test”, measures the pressure inside your eye (intraocular pressure)
Eye Chart test
Cover tests – the eye doctor will have you focus on a small object at distance and will then cover each of your eyes, can detect even a very subtle misalignment that can interfere with your eyes working together properly (binocular vision) and cause amblyopia or “lazy eye.”
Dilation – gives the doctor a chance to assess the health of your eye
There are other tests that the eye doctor may decide to perform based on his or her observations. Yet almost all of these are quick and pain-free. They are, however, very important in assessing your eyes’ overall health.