Comprehensive Eye Exam - Contact Lens Exam
Your vision is probably your most important sense, and it is easy to take it for granted. However, our eyes are delicate features and they can be affected by health problems too. Our ability to see properly is something that we rely on each and every day, and so you will want to ensure that your eyes in the best condition. We are committed to helping you to preserve the health of your eyes and your eyesight for as long as is possible.
If you are registered with our practice, you will be invited in for regular comprehensive eye exams. These are recommended at regular intervals so that our experienced team of optometrists can thoroughly assess the condition and health of your eyes, as well as check how clearly you can see.
What you can expect to happen during your comprehensive eye exam
Many elements of an eye examination are the same whether you decide to wear glasses or contact lenses. If you are found to have a refractive eye condition and need prescription eyewear and then opt for contacts, you will need a few further tests that are specific to this type of ocular device.
Our comprehensive eye exams usually involve the following elements:
This is a discussion where we will talk to you about your general health and if it is your first appointment with us, your medical history. This will include questions about current and past eye problems, any medical conditions you are diagnosed with and any medications that you take, and if there is any family history of eye problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.
Eye muscle test
This simple test evaluates how well the muscles that control eye movements are working. It involves your eye doctor holding a small light or pen on various sides of your face and asking you to watch it. How well your eyes function together will also be evident.
Visual acuity test
This test is the most well-known as it measures how clearly you can see. It does this by showing you different letters of the alphabet on a screen positioned some distance away. Each eye is tested separately, and the results will tell your eye doctor how well you can see at a distance. You may also be given a card to read in front of you and this will help your eye doctor to check your reading-distance vision.
A refraction assessment
This test looks at the way that light is refracted as it enters your eye and will be used to determine which lens prescription will give you the sharpest, clearest and most comfortable vision.
Visual field test
The periphery of your eyesight is just as important as your central vision. In fact, many ocular health problems begin in the peripheral vision, such as glaucoma. The visual field test will allow your eye doctor to check how wide your field of vision is and if you have any loss, this could help us to diagnose an eye condition.
Also called ophthalmoscopy, this test enables your eye doctor to evaluate the back of your eye, including the retina, the optic nerve, and the associated blood vessels. This is integral for checking the health of your eye and to check that there are no issues that require treatment. This is often performed in conjunction with a slit-lamp examination which magnifies and illuminates the front of your eye so that the cornea, lens and other structures can be assessed.
Intraocular pressure test
This test measures the amount of fluid pressure inside your eye and can help your eye doctor determine whether you are suffering from, or at high risk of, glaucoma.
If you haven’t had your eyes checked for some time, or if you are concerned about your eyesight, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam with our experienced optometry team today. Please contact our office in Amarillo, TX today to schedule your visit.