What to Expect
We will begin your comprehensive vision exam by taking a full patient history. Many eye and vision-related problems can be tied to other general health conditions, so you should include a detailed ocular history along with a detailed medical history, including ocular and general conditions that run in your family.
Next, we will discuss any symptoms and general concerns you may have. Your optometrist will use this information to get to the root cause of the problem, as well as to determine if any additional tests are needed.
After we’ve gone over your history and symptoms, we will begin the preliminary tests including but not limited to:
Additionally, if you choose, we will complete a digital scan of your retina using Optos Digital Retinal Imaging. To perform this test, the doctor may need to dilate your eyes, although this is usually not necessary. The test is quick and painless allowing our doctors to see the early signs of eye diseases in a holistic view much more detailed than ever before.
Once these portions of the comprehensive vision exam are complete, the doctor will move to the refraction, which is how your lens prescription is determined. At this time, we will also evaluate how well your eyes focus, move, and work together.
One of the final steps is to evaluate your overall eye health. We may cover things such as dry eyes, exposure to blue light, contact lens habits, and more.
Lastly, the doctor may do additional testing if needed based on your medical history or the findings of the comprehensive exam. If needed, you may be referred to an appropriate specialist for further testing and treatment.