Comprehensive Eye Exams
It’s about more than just blurry vision.
Eye exams are vital to your overall health.
In addition to assessing your visual acuity, your eye care provider will test for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes are functioning together, and more.
Serious health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure are often first detected during an eye exam.
Don’t put it off — many eye diseases that can rob you of your sight have no symptoms to alert you of their presence, so schedule your comprehensive eye exam at Oxford Eye Clinic today.
What does a comprehensive eye exam include?
Your optometrist will determine what tests are needed based on your medical history.
However, most comprehensive eye exams include the following:
- Visual acuity to test the sharpness of your vision, usually with an eye chart
- Visual fields test to check for blind spots in your vision
- Technologically advanced testing of your eye muscle movement, coordination, and control
- Automated refraction to estimate your eyeglass prescription
- Retinoscopy to estimate your eyeglass prescription
- Refraction to determine your exact eyeglass prescription
- Slit lamp to check for common external and internal eye diseases and conditions, such as cataracts and dry eye disease
- Retinal laser scans to test for glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, and eye glaucoma
- Tonometry as an additional test for glaucoma
How often should I get a comprehensive eye exam?
Most eye care professionals recommend yearly eye exams. But it depends on your age, risk factors, and whether or not you wear corrective lenses.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends children have their eyes examined at 6 months old, three years old, at the start of school, and every two years until age 18.
For adults, the AOA recommends a comprehensive eye exam every two years for ages 18 to 60 at minimum and annual exams for seniors age 61 and older.
What about contact lens exams?
A comprehensive eye exam does not normally include a contact lens evaluation. Additional vision and eye health abnormality testing must be provided when contact lenses are worn, so there are additional exam fees that apply for patients who wear them.
Just let us know that you wear contact lens when you schedule your appointment, and we’ll make sure you receive a thorough exam.
Make healthy vision a priority in your life and in the lives of the ones you love. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Oxford Eye Clinic now.