Comprehensive Eye Exam

Comprehensive Eye Exam

What Are The Benefits Of A Comprehensive Eye Exam?
Comprehensive eye exams evaluate all aspects of your vision and eye health.
The American Optometric Association recommends an eye exam every two years if you aren’t having any problems and you’re aged 18-60. After the age of 61, you should schedule a comprehensive exam annually, or as recommended by your eye doctor.
Comprehensive eye exams look at your total health history.  Even though you visit a separate office for your eye health, that doesn’t mean your eyes shouldn’t be treated holistically. Your eye doctor will discuss your overall health and that of your immediate family, any medications you’re taking, and whether you have high blood pressure or diabetes. They’ll also want to know if you smoke and how much sun exposure you get. All these factors help the eye doctor properly assess your eye health.
A comprehensive eye exam looks at your eye externally and internally for any signs of eye disease, then tests your vision in a variety of ways.

  • External Exam – This is an evaluation of the outside surfaces of your eyes, including the iris, pupil, eyelids, and eyelashes.

  • Internal Exam – This is an evaluation of the retina, macula, and optic nerve while your eyes may be dilated.

  • Visual Function– This includes testing depth and color perception, peripheral vision, and the response of the pupils to light, as well as an evaluation of eye focusing, eye teaming, and eye movement abilities.

  • Glaucoma Testing – This is a test of fluid pressure within your eyes.  A high pressure reading may be a sign of glaucoma.

  • Visual Acuity – Your doctor will test your vision and find an optimal correction with eyeglasses, and/or contact lenses.


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