For many, a trip to the eye doctor may only seem necessary when they’ve run out of contact lenses, broken a lens, or have noticeable vision issues. There are, however, numerous benefits of that can come from regularly scheduled eye examinations throughout the course of your lifetime.

A comprehensive eye exam provided by a licensed eye doctor can not only help you determine if you need an updated prescription to correct your vision, it can also identify and even prevent larger health issues through early detection.

What happens during a typical eye exam?

Medical History – Even before seeing your eye doctor, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your medical and health history. The eye doctor will review and ask additional questions as need about the information you’ve provided prior to the exam. Be prepared to answer questions about current medications you might be taking or medical issues that run in your family.

Visual Acuity – Once the eye doctor goes through your medical history, the actual exam of the eyes will begin by reading an eye chart to gauge your visual acuity. In addition to reading the letters on the chart, the eye doctor will cover each eye and have you read as far down on the chart as you can to test the strength of each eye individually.

Refraction Testing – This test allows the eye doctor to determine the correct prescription for your glasses or contacts by flipping between different types of prescription lenses. This is an important test for those whose vision may change with age and require updated lenses or contact prescriptions.

Biomicroscope – This device allows the eye doctor to light the front of the eye, allowing her to explore the various areas of the eye including the iris, retina, cornea and lens. This test is used to detect a number of different eye diseases including: cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal detachment and diabetes.

Glaucoma Testing – Your eye doctor will also do a simple and painless test for glaucoma by having you focus on an object while administering a small puff of air into each eye. The resistance to the puff indicates the amount of fluid pressure in your eyes.

Dilation – Dilating the pupils allows the eye doctor is to fully examine the interior of the eye to see if there are any issues present.

Call Planet Vision today to schedule your next eye exam and help prevent potential eye issues before they start.