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What to Expect

We provide comprehensive eye exams for individuals at every stage of life. These eye examinations can assess changes in your vision and eye health over time and assist in both early diagnoses and treatment of vision problems and eye disease.

What is a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

Our optometrists and optometric students provide a comprehensive eye exam that includes a thorough examination of your eyes through a series of tests and procedures.  This process may take an hour or more.  A comprehensive adult eye exam can include:

  • Patient and family health history
  • Visual acuity measurement
  • Tests of visual function and eye health including depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision and response of the pupils to light
  • Assessment of refractive status to determine the presence of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism
  • Evaluation of eye focusing, eye teaming and eye movement abilities
  • Eye health examination and other tests as needed

During a comprehensive eye exam, optometrists examine the internal and external structure of the eyes to diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinal disorders; systemic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes; and vision conditions including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. 

During an examination, optometrists conduct and assess:

  • Vision assessments/refraction
    Optometrists determine the clarity or blur that patients have and use tailored techniques to find a prescription for the patients best possible vision.
  • Binocular vision
    Optometrists determine the patient’s ability to properly focus and coordinate the eyes, and assess depth perception.
  • Eye disease
    Optometrists diagnose and treat some eye diseases with pharmaceutical agents. They also identify systemic diseases with ocular manifestations such as diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid conditions, cancer, and HIV.
  • Pre/post-op care
    Optometrists provide both pre-operative and post-operative care for cataract surgery, refractive surgery (LASIK), and retinal surgery. 

Learn more about a comprehensive eye exam from the National Eye Institute in their video below:

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