Understanding an Eye Exam

Has it been awhile since you had your eyes checked out? Are you nervous about going to the eye doctor?  There’s no need to be nervous! Let’s go over the basics of an eye exam.

First, we’ll ask you to read some letters on a computerized chart. This helps us see what you see.  After some peripheral vision testing and examining your pupils, we’ll determine if you could benefit from glasses and possibly contact lenses. This is known as a refraction and is the “which is better, one or two” test. Refraction helps determine your best possible corrected vision.

We then examine the front half of the eye, including the eyelids, cornea, conjunctiva, and eyelashes. Your pressure will be checked with a blue light that comes close to the eye (no puff of air!). This is performed to screen for glaucoma.

Usually, dilation drops are then instilled which allows us to exam your lens, optic nerve, macula, and retina. We need to make sure the back of your eyes are healthy too. Drops take about 10 minutes to expand the pupil so Dr. Ballitch and Dr. Finn can get great views of the back of your eyes.

Not so bad, right??  Call us today to get back on track with your eye care: 419-521-3937.

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