Comprehensive Eye Exam
A comprehensive eye exam can take an hour or more, depending on the doctor and the number and complexity of tests required to fully evaluate your vision and the health of your eyes.
Every patient is different, and our doctors and staff take their time to evaluate your personal condition and work to improve the health of your eyes.
Tips for maintaining overall eye health
- Don't skip your annual check-ups
- Wear protective eyewear while outdoors or on the job
- Know your family's health history
- Quit smoking, or never start
- Eat balanced diet and maintain healthy weight
- Give your eyes a break from screen time
To obtain a better view of the eye's internal structures, your eye doctor instills dilating drops to enlarge your pupils. Dilating drops usually take about 20 to 30 minutes to start working.
When your pupils are dilated, you will be sensitive to light (because more light is getting into your eye) and you may notice difficulty focusing on objects up close. These effects can last for up to several hours, depending on the strength of the drop used.
Once the drops have taken effect, your eye doctor will use various instruments to look inside your eyes. You should bring sunglasses with you to your eye exam, to minimize glare and light sensitivity on the way home. If you forget to bring sunglasses, our staff happily provide you with a disposable pair. It is recommended that patients with difficulty seeing post dilation to arrange transportation home from their exam.
Pupil dilation is very important for people with risk factors for eye disease, because it allows for the most thorough evaluation of the health of the inside of your eyes.
This is the test used to determine your exact eyeglass prescription.
During a refraction, the doctor or opthalmic technician puts the instrument called a phoropter in front of your eyes and shows you a series of lens choices. He or she will then ask you which of the two lenses in each choice looks clearer.
Based on your answers, your eye doctor or opthalmic technician will continue to fine-tune the lens power until reaching a final eyeglass prescription.
The refraction determines your level of hyperopia farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia.
* Please note- refraction is not always covered by all insurance plans. Please inquire with staff regarding your personal coverage upon arrival for your appointment.