Regular vision and eye exams are a critical part of preventative visual healthcare. Because many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms, annual eye exams are recommended for everyone, especially those who already wear corrective lenses and anyone with a history of eye disease. A comprehensive eye examination takes approximately 20-30 minutes and includes:
- careful determination of your eyeglass prescription
- evaluation of specific visual needs such as computer use
- eye health evaluation, including detection of cataracts and monitoring their progression
- neurological and binocular evaluation
- color vision and depth perception when indicated
- measurement of intra-ocular pressure to detect glaucoma
- retinal examination to detect diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, and macular degeneration, and retinal holes and tears
- explanation of results and questions answered
- visual field testing – an advanced computerized testing of retinal function and peripheral visual fields, when indicated.
- retinal imaging – helps detect vision and health problems. This process makes basic evaluation of retinal health and the monitoring of diseases possible through high magnification images.
- Dilation is usually scheduled at a later visit to ensure adequate time is available to complete the procedure with minimal disruption to your daily schedule as possible.
Below are photographs of many of the ocular conditions your eye doctor is looking for in your yearly eye exam.