What You Need to Know About Optometry Services and Eye Exams

The health of a person’s eyes is incredibly important. To protect a person’s eyes, it is vital that you visit your optometrist on an annual basis to ensure you are aware of the state of your visual health.

 Even people who feel they have perfect visual health will benefit from trips to the optometrist to check out their eyes. Optometrists can help you better understand the issues you may be having with your sight and manage your glasses or contact lens prescriptions. They can even help determine if you may be suffering from certain diseases that may have symptoms involving the eyes.

Finding an Optometrist

    There are many different aspects to consider when picking a new optometrist. The following are some signs that can help you decide whether an optometrist is the best fit for you:

  • Optometrist provides professional consulting on the kinds of lenses you may require and listens to your concerns first
  • Your optometrist provides an after-care package, allowing you to come back for eyeglass inspections
  • When discussing what frame is right for you, your optometrist focuses on more than the style and brand of the lens
  • Your optometrist provides you with suggestions for lenses and frames that meets your needs and lifestyle

What To Expect in a Full Eye Examination

    Depending on your age and visual health history, you may experience various different tests during your full eye examination.

  1. Color Blindness Test- Early in a full eye examination, an optometrist will check your color vision, which can help detect hereditary color deficiency issues, but can also help identify any other health issues which can affect color vision.
  2. Visual Acuity Test- A visual acuity test will help identify how sharp your vision is, utilizing a standard eye chart to check your long and short distance acuity.
  3. Eye Movement Testing- This test is performed to see how well you can follow a moving object with your eyes or change your focus between two different objects. Optometrists also use this test to understand how smooth your eye tracking movements are.
  4. Depth Perception Test- This test is used to see how well your normal depth perception is, by having patients wear a pair of 3D glasses and point to the pattern that appears closest to them.
  5. Refraction- A refraction test helps your Optometrist determine the type of eye glass or lens prescription you may require, utilizing a phoropter with a series of lens choices.

Contact Lens Options

    Once your optometrist has determined that you will require a prescription lens to help your vision, it may be time to consider contact lenses and the different kinds of contact lenses available to you on the market today.

  • Disposable soft lenses- These lenses cover all of the cornea and part of the whites of the eye, and are designed to be worn from one day to one month before disposal.
  • Daily wear contacts- These contacts are designed to be worn for only one full day, typically for a period of 18 hours.
  • Extended wear contacts- These lenses are designed to be comfortable to wear day and night, however be warned that new users may face discomfort within the first few uses.
  • Multifocal/Bifocal- This type of lens is meant to be used by individuals with presbyopia, providing corrective refraction through two or more corrective lenses.   
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