Do you remember the last time you completed an eye exam? Was it a comprehensive one?
We highly recommend undergoing a comprehensive eye exam if you are 18 to 60 years old every two years. But, if you have a family background of hypertension, diabetes, eye disorders or have undergone eye surgery or injury, it is advisable to undergo a comprehensive eye exam annually, except if your eye doctor indicates otherwise.
Undergoing an eye examination is crucial part for detecting impaired vision. It is a vital part of eye maintenance and is a good indication of your total health. However, you may wonder what will you endure during comprehensive eye exam?
A comprehensive eye exam will let you undergo most or all of the following eye assessments:
This exam will determine how your eyes work together. As you look at a small target at a distance, Our optometrists will alternately cover and uncover every eye to check your eye movement, looking for any eye that will turn from the target known as strabismus.
External Exam and Pupillary Reactions
The optometrist will check your pupil reactions to light objects at a close distance. Also, they will examine the exterior of the eye, checking for things like the state of the white part of the eye your eyelids’ position.
Eye Muscle Movement Test
To make sure that eyes are normally aligned, our optometrists will let you follow a target in various directions and observe how your eyes move.
This test will determine if the fluid pressure in your eyes are in normal range. This painless test can be done in a number of ways and only takes a few seconds.
Retinal Examination (Ophthalmoscopy)
With the use of ophthalmoscope and pupil dilation, they will check the vitreous, back of your eyes, optic nerve head, retinal blood vessels, and retina.
Our optometrists will shine a light into your eyes and flip lenses in a phoropter machine that you look through whilst looking at a huge object, or they might use a refractor, which is an automated machine for the same purpose. By determining how the light reflects from your eyes, they will have a good idea of the lens prescription suited for you.
Slit Lamp (Biomicroscope)
The slit lamp or Biomicroscope magnifies and lights up the front of your eye. The optometrist will use the slit lamp to check for a number of eye disorders and diseases by probing the lens, anterior chamber, cornea, and iris.
Visual Acuity Test
You will be positioned facing an eye chart, with letters that that gets smaller as you read down. Your eyes are alternately covered, and using the uncovered eye to read the letters down the line until you cannot read the letters. Here is how to understand visual acuity.
We’ve stated a few reasons why it’s important to receive an eye exam every two years. Learn more about our eye exams including how to book online.