Routine Eye Exam
What to Expect During Your Eye Exam
Annual eye exams are essential in protecting your vision and health. Before the actual exam your optometrist will ask you a few questions about your vision history. If you currently wear contacts or glasses, it is a good idea to bring them to your appointment.
During your comprehensive eye exam, a series of tests are performed to assess your vision and the overall health of your eyes. The entire process takes anywhere from twenty minutes to over an hour, depending on your eye doctor and the procedures that must be done to fully assess your vision. Here are some of the tests that you will likely encounter:
Most people are familiar with the Snellen letter chart, which is used to check the sharpness of your vision. Your optometrist will
This simple test is used to see how well your eyes work together. Your optometrist will have you focus on a small object across the
Color Blindness Test
Usually performed during your initial exam, this test will rule out color blindness. Although color blindness can be hereditary, the
During this test, the lights will be dimmed and your optometrist will shine a light in each eye as you fixate on a large target. He or she will use a machine to flip different lenses in front of your eyes and observe how the light reflects from your eyes. This will give your eye doctor a rough estimate of what your eyeglass prescription should be.
This procedure is similar to retinoscopy, except here your eye doctor will ask you which lenses are clearer as different ones are
The slit lamp is a microscope that enables your optometrist to look closely at both the external and internal structures of your eyes.
Aside from these procedures, your eye doctor may recommend that more specialized tests be performed. If you live in or around Jacksonville, St. Augustine, or Gainesville and you have any questions regarding your eye exam, please do not hesitate to contact us.