We feel that it's important to outline the process so you can feel comfortable knowing what to expect.
What can I expect from the overall exam?
Upon your arrival, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our practice. We will ask you to complete a few forms. If you prefer to complete them in advance in the comfort of your home, the forms may be found in the Patient Center.
Next, one of our friendly technicians will take you to the testing area. They will perform an assessment of your vision, an estimate of your new glasses prescription, a reading from your current glasses, a digital image of your retina, and color vision and depth perception tests. The technician will provide this information to the doctor.
The doctor will then finish the exam by refining your glasses prescription and discussing your vision needs with work, school, or hobbies. The doctor will also look thoroughly at the health of the inside and outside of the eyes. You will be checked for any early indicators of possible eye disorders, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal problems, and glaucoma. The doctor will review your results with you and provide recommendations for eyeglasses, contact lenses, and health treatment, if necessary. Now you are ready to select your new eyeglasses or try contact lenses!
Why is my personal background important?
The doctor will review any current vision problems, your general health, as well as discuss your hobbies and lifestyle requirements to better tailor the examination to your needs. In addition, your systemic health can impact your eyes. Therefore, it is important for the doctor to know what health problems you have and what medications you take, so that we can accurately assess the risk to your eyes.
Why does the doctor ask me, "Which is better, one or two?"
These questions will be asked during the portion of the examination when your prescription is refined. The doctor will ask you to compare a series of lenses to determine which is clearer for you. As the differences become less noticeable, the doctor will be closer to finalizing your prescription. For this reason, if you're having a hard time choosing between the options, it's a good thing!
Is it necessary for the doctor to dilate my pupils?
Examing the inside health of the eye can be an important part of an eye exam. The doctor will make this decision during your exam. If required, this painless process is like opening a door so the doctor can fully examine the retina. Dilation can also help detect diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and macular degeneration.
Remember the following for your next eye doctor visit:
- Know your medical history and list of current medications
- Know your current symptoms and be able to describe them - write them down if necessary
- Know your family history - some eye diseases like glaucoma and cataracts are hereditary
- Ask in advance about your particular vision insurance plan, and if a co-pay will be due
- Bring your insurance card, identification, and method of payment, if necessary
- Bring your most recent prescription for glasses or contact lenses
- If undergoing a test using dilation eye drops, bring proper eye protection, like sunglasses, for after your appointment
Most importantly, remember that eye doctors - and everyone within the eyecare practice - are there to help you see your best and feel your best