Having an annual eye exam is an important part of maintaining good health. At Wilmington Family Eye Care, we know your vision and the health of your eyes is important to you, which is why we pride ourselves in providing comprehensive vision exams and ocular health evaluations. During an eye exam, one of our optometrist performs tests and gathers information about your vision, your overall health, and your ocular health. Whether you are new to Wilmington Family Eye Care, or are simply curious about what happens during a comprehensive eye examination, continue reading to learn more.
Eye Exam and Health History
In order to provide you with the best possible eye care, your optometrist needs to know a bit about your overall health, including medical conditions you have, medications you may be taking, and any previous ocular medications or surgeries you may have undergone. In gathering this information, your optometrist is better able to understand what risk factors you may have that can affect your vision or your ocular health. We generally gather this information by using a questionnaire, and our doctors may additionally ask some further questions about your health.
Vision Test and Assessment
After gathering some information about your health, your doctor will begin to assess your eyes and your vision. They will check your visual acuity, which determines how far down you can read on the eye chart. They may also look at different factors like the muscle movements of your eyes, your ocular alignment, your peripheral vision, and the reaction of your pupils. All of the information the doctor gathers during this portion of the exam gives him or her insight on the overall status of your vision and ocular health.
Finding a Contact Lens and Glasses Prescription
The eye doctor will use a device called a phoropter to help determine your glasses prescription. The phoropter has hundreds of lenses in it, and your doctor completes a specialized routine of determining which lenses help you to see best. While many people stress about this portion of the exam, there is nothing to worry about. Our doctors are skilled in finding an accurate prescription, so you do not have to worry about your glasses being wrong if you are unsure about a response. They take extreme care and double check your prescription to guarantee the most accurate prescription. If you are seeking a contact lens prescription, the doctor can perform a contact lens fitting and evaluation based on the measurements they gather while determining your glasses prescription.
Eye Health Evaluation
In most cases, the final portion of your eye exam is the ocular health evaluation. During this portion of the exam, your doctor will use a high-powered microscope to closely look at the health of your eyes, including your eye lids and eye lashes. They can detect conditions like dry eye disease or ocular allergies by evaluating the front surface of the eyes. They will also use a series of lights and lenses, and in some case specialized imaging technology, to evaluate your retinal health. At Wilmington Family Eye Care, we prioritize your ocular health. We have specialized technology that can be used for additional testing if the doctor finds something abnormal about the health of your eye.
A comprehensive eye examination with one of our optometrists is more than a simple vision test. Contact our office now to schedule your evaluation.