Healthy Vision begins with your annual exam
The American Optometric Association recommends that you have your eyes examined every one to two years. Even if you have not noticed changes in your vision, regular checkups are important for maintaining healthy vision and for early detection of glaucoma, high blood pressure, retinal and corneal disorders, diabetes and cataracts.
Regardless of your age or physical health, it’s important to have regular eye exams at Poole Family Eye Care.
Call us today to schedule your next appointment. We have convenient hours to fit your busy lifestyle including:
- Early morning
- Late hours on Mondays
What to expect During your Eye Exam:
Among the first tests performed in a comprehensive eye exam are visual acuity tests that measure the sharpness of your vision. These usually are performed using a projected eye chart to measure your distance visual acuity and a small, hand-held acuity chart to measure your near vision.
Next is the Refraction. During a refraction, the doctor puts the instrument called a phoropter in front of your eyes and shows you a series of lens choices. He or she will then ask you which of the two lenses in each choice looks clearer.
Based on your answers, your eye doctor will continue to fine-tune the lens power until reaching a final eyeglass prescription. The refraction determines your level of hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia.
You should also expect the “puff-of-air” test, also known as the Glaucoma test. The test begins with you putting your chin on the machine’s chin rest. While you look at a light inside the machine, the doctor or a trained assistant will puff a small burst of air at your open eye. It is completely painless, and the tonometer does not touch your eye.
Based on your eye’s resistance to the puff of air, the machine calculates your intraocular pressure (IOP). If you have high eye pressure, you may be at risk for or have glaucoma.
What you will need for your next eye exam:
Remember to take your glasses or contact lenses with you when you attend an eye examination. Your vision will be measured both with and without glasses or lenses to check for any problems with your eyesight. You may also be asked for copies of any vision insurance cards you may have. Don’t worry if you do not have vision coverage, we can still see you. We offer discounts to our patients paying out of pocket.