The comprehensive eye exam is foundational to eye health and vision care, and an important part of healthcare.
If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to see your best, then you need regular eye exams to assess changes to your visual needs, but the comprehensive eye exam is about more than a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Your eyes are a window to your health and can reveal conditions of which you may not be aware, such as hypertension and diabetes.
Vision screening tests can identify vision problems in children or adults, but they cannot provide the same results as a comprehensive eye and vision exam. During a comprehensive eye exam, our doctors assess your visual acuity, how well your eyes work together, and your eye health.
How Often Do I Need an Eye Exam?
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends you see us on an annual basis if you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. Even if you feel your vision is fine, we recommend you visit us on an annual basis, as some eye diseases have little to no symptoms in the early stages and can only be diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam.
We may recommend more frequent visits if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or other underlying health conditions which can affect your eye health and vision.
Your expert doctor at Coral Gables Eye Care or Clarin Eye Care in Palmetto Bay will recommend when you should see us for comprehensive eye exams based on your unique visual and eye health care needs.
What Can I Expect During My Eye Exam?
Our doctors and staff provide personalized eye care in a comfortable, friendly environment. We will explain each test throughout your appointment. We utilize the latest in technology during comprehensive eye exams, including an Optomap retinal exam, which provides a high-resolution digital image of your retina.
Your doctor at Clarin Eye Care in Palmetto Bay or Coral Gables Eye Care will ask you questions about any vision or eye health problems you may be having, your overall health, medications you’re currently taking, and any work-related or environmental situations which could affect your vision and eye health. Your doctor will also want to know whether there’s a history of eye diseases in your family, as some eye diseases can be hereditary.
Your visual acuity, otherwise known as the clarity or sharpness of vision, will be measured at 20 feet utilizing the Snellen chart.
The refraction will determine the lens power needed to help you with any refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
Eye Focusing, Teaming, and Alignment Testing
Your eyes need to be able to change focus and work well together for clear vision. Your doctor will assess ocular motility and binocular vision to determine how well your eyes focus and work together. This testing can identify problems which prevent your eyes from effectively focusing or which make using both eyes together more difficult.
Eye Health Evaluation
Your doctor will use a variety of instruments, such as a microscope and other advanced technologies, to assess the health of your eyes.
Your doctor may need to dilate your eyes to see the structures inside your eyes. During the eye health evaluation, your doctor will be able to check the pressure in your eyes and can also identify eye and systemic diseases of which you may not be aware.
These tests are painless. We will explain what to expect on each step of the way! Some of the common eye diseases and conditions which these tests look for include cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, keratoconus, binocular vision dysfunction, and more. Your comprehensive eye exam will also include assessing how well you can see at different distances and whether you need vision correction in the form of eyeglasses or contact lenses.
At the conclusion of your eye exam, your Coral Gables or Palmetto Bay eye doctor will provide you with a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses if needed and will also consult with you about any vision or eye health issues revealed through the comprehensive eye exam.
Schedule Your Comprehensive Eye Exam
We look forward to meeting you and taking care of all your eye health and vision needs. Contact us today to make an appointment for your comprehensive eye exam. Call our office in Coral Gables, FL at 305-444-8331, or our office in Palmetto Bay, FL at 305-253-2525, or schedule an appointment online.