Each eye exam in our office lasts between 30 minutes and one hour and typically includes a dilated retinal exam. At the beginning of each examination, a staff member will conduct some brief testing that provides our doctors with vital information about your health and eyes. The doctors will begin each eye exam by gathering information from you about your current prescription and past vision history. Any specific visual needs you have will likely be discussed at this time.
Each eye exam is comprised of two basic elements – the refraction and ocular health assessment. “Which one is better?” The refraction is the part of the eye examination that patients are most familiar with. It involves a sequence of choices (“one or two”) that ultimately leads to the determination of your eyeglass prescription.
As important as your vision is to your everyday life, the ocular health exam is a crucial element of the eye examination. Whenever possible, our eye doctors will perform a dilated retinal exam every year to rule out such conditions as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Please remember to bring your sunglasses with you to your appointment.
Upon conclusion of your eye exam, the doctors will discuss with you all of the findings and provide you with the best options that will suit your visual needs.
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Warning Signs of Eye and Vision Problems in Adults
- Trouble seeing things to your side.
- Double vision.
- Changes in the way you see color.
- Impaired vision at night, especially while driving, caused by effects of bright light.
- Frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription.
- Problems with glare from lamps or the sun.
- Halos around lights.
- Difficulty reading and doing close-up work, such as sewing.
- White spot or cloudy spot in the lens of the eye (the pupil), instead of being black.