Eye Exam and Consultation
During an eye exam our optometrists will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications you are currently taking, any blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. We will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our optometrists provide regular vision acuity test as part of a comprehensive eye exam. We will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test our optometrists may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.
Eye Function Testing
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam includes testing eye functionality. Our optometrists perform several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. Several other simple tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable us to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.
As part of a comprehensive eye exam, our optometrists examine the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. Our optometrists evaluate eye health by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. After completing these short tests, our optometrists review the results and discusses any necessary treatment options with you. Contact us at (813) 254-2020 (Tampa Location) or (813) 643-7300 (Riverview location) today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
Why Regular Eye Exams Are So Important
While exams can measure your vision and provide you with an accurate prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, the benefits of regular exams go far beyond that. Exams are an essential tool for maintaining your eye health and detecting and treating issues that could compromise your vision.
Many forms of eye disease develop gradually and don't show noticeable symptoms until the condition has progressed. Exams are a way to detect these conditions early on, allowing for faster and more effective treatment. Eye doctors screen for many forms of eye disease during exams, including:
- Diabetic retinopathy
In addition to identifying eye problems, eye exams can detect other health conditions, including high blood pressure and diabetes. Regular checkups with an optometrist can help you get fast treatment for issues impacting your health.
How Often Should You Have Your Eyes Checked?
It's generally recommended that children and adults have their eyes checked every few years, even if they have healthy vision. However, our eye doctor may recommend more frequent exams if you have vision problems or are at increased risk for eye disease. Since many people develop eye problems as they age, older adults should receive annual eye exams.
What To Expect During An Eye Exam
Typically, an exam will include a discussion of your medical history, as well as any vision problems or concerning symptoms you've been experiencing. Certain medical conditions, like diabetes, can affect your eyesight and overall eye health, so it's essential to provide your optometrist with accurate and up-to-date information.
After the initial discussion, your optometrist will conduct a range of tests to assess the health of your eyes. In addition to measuring your visual acuity, your eye doctor may check your peripheral vision and use specialized lights and instruments to examine your retina and optic nerve.
Once the exam is complete, your optometrist will review the results with you and discuss any necessary treatment. They may also provide you with information on preventative measures that will help you keep your eyes healthy, such as wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays.