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What Happens During an Eye Exam?

Last updated 6 years ago

Whether you have 20/20 vision or are a lifetime wearer of eyeglasses, eye exams are an essential part of keeping up health and wellness. An eye exam consists of multiple parts, each designed to test for particular issues or adjustments that could be made to maintain optimal eye health.

Meeting With an Optometrist

In addition to selling eyeglasses, most eyeglass stores employ in-house optometrists to examine their customers’ eyes. When you visit the optometrist, allow for at least an hour for the exam. If you wear contacts or eyeglasses, be sure to bring them you. First, you’ll meet with an optometrist or technician who will talk with you about your health history and any issues or concerns you have about your vision. This is when you will fill out paperwork or update any information.

The Eye Exam

The optometrist will perform a visual inspection of the eye to check for external issues and muscle function. He or she will then administer several vision tests. You will be asked to read letters on a chart positioned in the distance. A visual field test assesses overall vision, and color vision testing will check for color blindness. The cornea, iris, and lens will be examined using a slit lamp. This is a special microscope which illuminates every part of the eye with a bright light. A small puff of air into the eye will test eye pressure and reveal glaucoma. A large machine equipped with many different lenses allows your doctor to determine which prescription improves your vision most. Based off of these results, a prescription for corrective lenses will be determined.

Dilation

For a dilated exam, which allows the doctor to looking all the way into the eye, drops will be applied that cause the pupil to open. Dilating the eye can cause blurred vision and light sensitivity for a few hours. Be sure not to drive for a few hours following your visit.

Sight is one of our most valuable senses and annual exams keep your eyes healthy. If you have questions about your vision or need to schedule your next check up, check out Long Island’s own Wize Eyes. Call us at (631) 351-4900 to set up your exam today.

 

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