For whatever reason, for many of us it may have been a while since you had an eye exam. Eye exams are very important as they can help in detecting many common eye diseases including Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration.
But what should you expect going into one? Here is what is likely to happen:
- First, a typical eye exam appointment usually takes between 30 minute and one hour. If your eyesight requires multiple tests or if you have some issues it may run longer or require additional visits.
- When you arrive, you will be asked for your medical history along with any eye issues you may have experienced.
- Then your visual acuity or how clearly you can see will be measured. This will help in determining if you need a prescription for glasses or contacts.
- The eye doctor will also check the health of your eyes. They will do this by using several lights in front of the eye. In addition they may also check your eye’s pressure. They do this by inserting some drops to enlarge your pupils.
- Lastly, like with any other physical exam, your eye doctor will discuss what they found during the exam including if you need reading glasses. They will also provide directions on how to fix any issues and answer any questions you as the patient may have.
We can’t stress how important an eye exam is, as that hour can help in preventing some terrible eye problems down the road including potentially even blindness. Don’t be lazy; schedule your next eye exam today!