Eye Examinations

What to expect from your doctor:
If you're seeing a new eye doctor or if you're having your first eye exam, expect questions about your vision history. Your answers to these questions help your eye doctor understand your risk of eye disease and vision problems. Be prepared to give specific information, including:
•  Are you having any eye problems now?
•  Have you had any eye problems in the past?
•  Were you born prematurely?
•  Do you wear glasses or contacts now? If so, are you satisfied with them?
•  What health problems have you had in recent years?
•  Are you taking any medications?
•  Do you have any allergies to medications, food or other substances?
•  Has anyone in your family had eye problems, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, or glaucoma?
•  Has anyone in your family had diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or any other health problems that can affect the whole body?

If you wear contact lenses or glasses, bring them both to your appointment. Your eye doctor will want to make sure your prescription is the best one for you.

What to expect from the examination
•  First, you will be asked about your medical history and any vision problems you might be experiencing.
•  Next, your doctor measures your visual acuity, assesses your need for glasses and examines your eyes for signs of disease
•  Finally, your eye doctor checks your eyes using a light to ensure the interior and exterior parts of your eyes are healthy.

Part of the examination, such as taking your medical history and the initial eye testing, may be performed by a technician who assists your doctor. Several different tests may be performed during the eye exam. These tests are designed to check your vision and to examine the appearance and function of all parts of your eyes.

At the end of your eye exam, your doctor will provide you with a detailed assessment of your vision, along with any risks you should be aware of and preventive measures you can take to protect your eyesight.

Normal results from an eye exam include:

•  20/20 vision
•  Good tracking or eye movement skills
•  Good peripheral vision
•  Normal-appearing structures of the eye upon examination
•  No evidence of cataract, glaucoma, or retinal (macular) degeneration

Your doctor may give you a prescription for corrective lenses. If your eye exam yields abnormal results, your doctor will discuss with you any necessary steps for further testing or for treating an underlying condition.

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