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Comprehensive Eye Exams

What Do Eye Exams Check For?

At All About Eyes you will receive the same comprehensive eye exam you would at a private practice optometrist. Our doctors are fully-licensed, board-certified Doctors of Optometry. We only partner with optometrists who share our dedication to patient care and service. We believe that focus on patient care is the difference we provide, offering individualized services to fit each unique eye care need. We not only perform an exam, we let you know what we’re doing and why it’s important for your eye health. We also offer extended hours to better accommodate your busy schedule.

Each exam typically includes the following:

  • A detailed patient history reviewing your personal and family health history
  • Visual acuity testing
  • Pupil evaluation
  • Extraocular motility function
  • Peripheral visual field test
  • Retinoscopy
  • Refraction test
  • Keratometry test
  • Biomicroscopy of the eternal ocular adnexa
  • Intraocular pressure measurement
  • Examination of the health of the internal ocular media and fundus
  • Read more about typical eye tests included in a basic eye exam

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When Do You Need An Eye Exam?

When Do You Need an Eye Exam? 8 Signs That It’s Time to Have Your Eyes TestedWhether you wear glasses or have never experienced vision correction, you likely do not think about the quality of your eyesight daily. However, most individuals experience some eyesight changes over time, even if these changes are gradual enough to be overlooked.

Eyesight testing identifies and helps track changes in your vision. Having regular eye exams is a crucial part of early diagnosis of eye conditions, appropriate vision correction, and safety when you drive or operate machinery.

But when do you need your eyesight tested? Schedule an appointment with a professional eye doctor when you have any of the following eight experiences.

  1. CHANGES IN NIGHT VISION

When you drive at night, can you clearly see other cars on the road and read relevant road signs? For many adults, the first sign of a vision change is increased difficulty when driving at night.

If you see halos around lights, cannot read signs, or have trouble distinguishing objects like telephone poles at night, talk to an optometrist.

  1. DIAGNOSIS OF A HEALTH CONDITION AFFECTING THE EYES

Your overall health, from your nutrition to your sleep habits, can affect the way your eyes feel and function. If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes, lupus, a thyroid condition, or any other condition that could affect your eyes, you will need to take particular care of your eye health.

Start by discussing your diagnosis with an eye doctor and undergoing a vision test.

  1. EYE INFECTION OR DISCHARGE

Eye exams don’t just identify changes in vision—they also give your optometrist an opportunity to evaluate the health of your eyes and eyelids.

While some eye infections clear up on their own, many are contagious and come with the risk of permanent damage. If you experience itchiness, redness, or discharge, see an eye doctor.

  1. FREQUENT HEADACHES OR MIGRAINES

Headaches can result from muscle tension, stress, and inflammation, but they can also serve as warning signs that your vision is changing. If you notice an increase in your headache frequency or intensity, visit an eye doctor.

If you suffer from migraines, you may see auras, spots, or other vision obstructions before, during, or after an episode. Often, these vision obstructions are harmless, but in some cases, these symptoms can indicate a serious underlying condition that’s contributing to the migraines and may be affecting eye health.

  1. PERSISTENT VISION DISRUPTIONS

Vision disruptions can also occur without an accompanying migraine. In addition to auras and black spots, you may notice small “floaters” that seem to move across your eyes or flashes of light.

If these obstructions appear suddenly, seek immediate attention from an eye doctor. These disruptions can result from a serious issue such as retinal detachment or retinal holes.

  1. RECURRENT EYE FATIGUE

Eye fatigue or strain can occur for several reasons, including spending a lot of time in front of a computer screen or reading. However, if your discomfort persists for three or more days, the eye strain may hint at an eye infection or condition.

Additionally, if you notice your eyes hurt during specific movements, like when you look from left to right, schedule an eye exam.

  1. SENSITIVITY TO LIGHT

A strong sensitivity to light, especially a sensitivity that appears suddenly, can be a symptom of an eye infection, corneal abrasion, or even a central nervous system disorder like meningitis. Have this sensitivity assessed by an eye doctor to determine the likely cause.

  1. SUDDEN DIFFICULTY FOCUSING

Many eye conditions first manifest as difficulty focusing on a specific object in your field of vision or blurriness when you focus on a single object. Some individuals experience inconsistent focus issues. For example, you may only have trouble focusing in certain levels of light or the problem may move from one eye to the other. Difficulty focusing can also be linked to specific tasks such as reading small print or looking at an electronic device screen.

Even if you only have trouble focusing occasionally, you should consult with an eye health professional to rule out any serious eye conditions and identify any changes in vision quality.

Eye Exams For Adults

Adults (18-60) should receive a comprehensive eye exam every 2 years, while adults age 61 and over should have an exam every year.

Adults who have an elevated risk for eye issues may need more frequent exams. Risk factors for adult vision include but are not limited to the following:

  • A family history of eye disease
  • Previous eye injuries
  • Eye surgeries
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Taking medication that may have visual-impacting side effects

For more information, contact your optometrist.

Eye Exams For Children

Children (6 mo-18 yrs) should receive routine eye exams, and those with risk factors for vision problems may need more frequent exams. Risk factors for eye issues in children include but are not limited to the following:

  • A family history of eye disease
  • Low birth weight or premature birth
  • Infections during the mother’s pregnancy
  • Strabismus (turned or crossed eyes)
  • Developmental delays
  • Anisometropia or high refractive error
  • Taking medication that may have visual-impacting side effects
  • Systemic disease associated with eye abnormalities

For more information, contact your optometrist.