Perception is a reality; or so the saying goes. When it comes to vision problems or the state of your ocular health, nothing could be further from the truth. It’s easy to fall into the belief that the way we see the world is the way it truly exists. But without an eye exam, how would you ever know that you could be seeing the world in a much clearer fashion? It’s especially difficult to know whether our eyes are functioning at their optimal level and we’re seeing things just as they should be. Routine and regular eye exams are important for good eye health and proper vision at every age. Every eye doctor is trained to check for certain indicators of eye health so every eye exam generally includes these tests and procedures:
What to Expect When Getting an Eye Exam
1. Eye muscle movement test – Used to test the muscle strength and control by having you visually track a moving target in different directions and recording your eye’s movements.
2. Cover test – Used to check how well your eyes work together. Covering and uncovering each eye separately and having you focus on a target, the doctor can determine how well your eyes function in relation to each other.
3. Pupillary exam and exterior assessment – Watching how your pupils react to both light and objects, your eye doctor will observe the reactionary response time and strength with different exposures, while also checking the exterior of the eye for levels of white and even positioning of the eyelid.
4. Visual acuity test – This test is where the doctor asks you to read from an eye chart to determine the level of visual acuity. This helps to determine the level of corrective eyewear needed if any.
5. Retinoscopy – Performed by either shining a light into your eyes and flipping lenses in a phoropter machine while staring at a target or by using a refractor for the same purpose, the doctor is able to test how light reflects from your eye, also aiding in setting a prescription level.
6. Tonometry – This test is used to check the pressure of a patient’s eye as one of several tests used to check for and monitor glaucoma. There are several different ways to check this like the air puff test and blue light Goldmann method, but we won’t “blow air into your eyes” we use a tonopen to accomplish this task most often. We may at times also use the Goldmann.
Be prepared to answer some general questions regarding the medical and vision history of you and your family before your exam and bring any glasses or contact lenses that you currently use. Eye exams are recommended at 6 months, 3 years and before first grade for children; adults should see an eye doctor at least every two years and every year after the age of 60. Your doctor may recommend more frequent visits is you suffer from certain health ailments or take medications.
For routine eye exams for contact lenses or eye glasses, visit BA EYE Site. We are the top-rated local® eye doctor in Broken Arrow with more than a decade of experience. With everything offered on-site, thorough, comprehensive and professional service is always the standard here. Call us at 918-893-DROZ to schedule your eye exam or contact lens fitting with BA EYE Site.
Dr. Matthew Ozment