Do you go to the eye doctor every year for an eye exam? If not, you should. Eye health is a very important, often overlooked part of a person’s overall health and wellness. Being able to see is essential to daily life, and many people go without the necessary corrective lenses they need to see their best. Even if you don’t need glasses or contacts, it is still important to have your eyes checked yearly for any potential problems. Sometimes other health issues are discovered during routine eye exams that would otherwise have gone undetected and untreated.
If you’ve never had an eye exam or it’s been a while since you have, you may be wondering what it entails. Here’s what to expect during your annual eye exam.
Consultation About Health and Habits
The first thing your optometrist (eye doctor) will want to do is get a complete health history from you. Your overall health and family health history is important information for your optometrist to have in order to examine and treat your eyes. You will also be asked about your daily habits, especially regarding how much time you spend in front of a screen each day.
Vision Chart (Visual Acuity)
You will be asked to read a vision chart on a wall from a certain distance away with varying sizes of letters and symbols. You will then cover one eye at a time and read the chart so that the optometrist can determine if one eye is better than the other. You will also be asked to read something close up to determine if you have an issue with your near sight.
Test Your Eye Health
Some tests will be performed that are used to check the health of your eye. A glaucoma test will be done to determine if you have too much fluid in your eye that is causing excess pressure. Your optometrist may dilate your eyes to check your retina for any problems. Retinal mapping is another test that can be done to test the health of your eyes.
Evaluate Your Eye Focus
Your optometrist will want to evaluate how well your eyes focus and work together. Focus affects your depth perception and hand-eye coordination, as the eyes move from focusing on far away objects and objects that are close up. If you have trouble focusing your eyes from one object to another, your optometrist will want to address these issues.
Determine Your Prescription (Refraction)
If you are not seeing 20/20, which is considered to be normal eyesight, your optometrist will likely recommend glasses or contacts to correct it. In order to determine how much of a correction you need, your optometrist uses a process called refraction. You will look through various lenses and your optometrist will ask you which options look more clear to you as you read a wall chart.
Glasses or Contacts Fitting
If you need glasses or contacts, your optometrist will order them for you. You will have the opportunity to try on frames for your glasses to find some you like. Then they will be ordered in your prescription. If you choose to go with contacts, your optometrist may have them on hand or need to order your prescription. It is usually a good idea to have a pair of glasses as well as contacts to wear as a backup.
Schedule Your Annual Eye Exam Today with Andrews Eyecare Center
If it’s been a while since you’ve had your eyes examined, it’s time to make an appointment. Andrews Eyecare Center can perform a thorough evaluation of your eyes to make sure they are healthy and that you are seeing as well as you should be. Even if you aren’t having any problems, a yearly eye exam is important. You may think you can see just fine when you could be seeing much more clearly. There may also be underlying medical issues that an eye exam could bring to light.