Eye Exams

Eye Exams ExplainedWhile an eye exam is designed to assess the patient’s current vision, it also identifies conditions that could affect the patient’s vision or health in the long-run. Comprehensive eye exams can evaluate vision in a detailed, timely manner. This enables the patient to maintain the health of their eyes while keeping up with their everyday routine.

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When to Receive an Eye Exam?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, individuals must get a baseline eye screening at 40 years of age. This is the time when initial symptoms of disease or vision changes occur. A baseline eye exam can detect the signs of eye problems at an initial stage when several treatments can potentially help protect vision.

Certain individuals should not wait till they are 40 years old to undergo a complete eye screening. People with eye disease or risk factors for developing eye diseases such as high blood pressure, family history of eye ailments, or diabetes should consult an ophthalmologist well before the age of 40.

Different Aspects of an Eye Exam

An eye exam is relatively straightforward and comfortable. The screening should include the following:

Medical History

The doctor will ask the patient about their vision and medical history. The ophthalmologist will also understand the patient’s family health history if they wear corrective lenses or not as well as current medications the patient may be taking.

Visual Acuity

Most people are quite familiar with this aspect of an eye exam. The ophthalmologist will ask the patient to read a standardized eye chart to assess how well they can see from several distances.


The ophthalmologist may assess how the patient’s pupils react to light by shining a bright ray of light through their pupils.

Side Vision

The loss of peripheral vision is a symptom of glaucoma. A person can lose side vision without being aware of it. Therefore, this exam can help detect eye ailments that the patient may be unaware of.

Eye Movement

The test for eye movement is known as ocular motility. This test assesses movement in the eyes. The ophthalmologist will make sure that the ocular muscle function and eye alignment is correct.

Eye pressure

The ophthalmologist will use a test known as tonometry to measure eye pressures within the eye (Intraocular pressure, or IOP). A higher IOP is an indication of glaucoma.

Front Part of the Eye

A microscope known as a slit lamp illuminates the frontal portion of the eye such as the cornea, eyelids, lens, and iris. This can indicate whether the patient has a cataract or any scratches or scars on the cornea.

Retina and Optic Nerve

The ophthalmologist will put eye drops in the patient’s eyes to dilate the eyes. This will allow the ophthalmologist to assess the optic nerve and retina situated at the back of the eye, for signs of eye disease.

An eye exam evaluates your current vision, but also detects eye conditions that could severely impact your vision or health down the line.
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