As we near the middle of 2020, we want to remind you to schedule your annual comprehensive vision examination!
Routine eye examinations are key to establishing and maintaining healthy eyes and clear vision. They are also a great opportunity to address any eyecare concerns you may be experiencing or may be at risk of developing. Thorough comprehensive vision exams help our staff to completely understand your needs and accurately prescribe a vision solution for you.
Here at Lone Star Vision, we want to help you feel prepared and comfortable during your eye exam, so we have provided some information about what you can expect.
During your appointment, we will review your patient history, visual acuity, perform preliminary tests, and evaluate your eyes’ overall health.
We will begin your comprehensive vision exam by taking into account your full patient history. Many eye and vision-related problems can be tied to other health conditions, so you should include not only your vision history but pertinent medical history as well, including conditions that run in your family.
Next, we will discuss any symptoms or problems you are experiencing. Your optometrist will use this information to get to the root of the problem, as well as to determine if any additional tests are needed.
After we’ve gone over your history and symptoms, we will begin the preliminary testing of the following:
- Visual acuity
- Depth perception
- Color vision
- Peripheral vision
- Eye muscle movements
- Neurological responses
- Eye pressure
Additionally, we will complete a scan of your retina using Optos Digital Retinal Imaging. To perform this test, the doctor may need to dilate your eyes, which may make them more sensitive to light. The test is painless and allows us to see the early signs of eye diseases much earlier than ever before.
Additional Testing and Prescriptions
Once these portions of the comprehensive vision exam are complete, we will move on to refraction, which is how your lens prescription is determined. At this time, we will also evaluate how well your eyes focus, move, and work together.
One of the final steps is to evaluate your overall eye health. We may cover things such as dry eyes, exposure to blue light, contact lens habits, and more.
Lastly, if the doctor feels there are any additional tests you need based on your medical history or the findings of the comprehensive exam, those will be completed.
If needed, you may be referred to an appropriate specialist for further testing and treatment.
Use your benefits
If you haven’t already received your annual eye exam, now is the perfect time to use your benefits and have your eyes checked. Some insurance plans expire at the end of the year, while others renew and expire on the anniversary of the date the policy was opened. Be sure to check the details of your individual policy so that you can maximize your benefits for the year.