At the beginning of any eye exam at Opal Optometry will ask why you have decided to have your eyes checked, may it be a routine check-up or for a particular reason.
If you are facing problems with your vision or your eyes, your optometrist may ask you on the symptoms you have, the extent of time you endure the symptoms or if the changes happened unexpectedly or gradually over a period.
An eye examination normally involves the following steps:
- Your optometrist is going to inquire about your medical history and any problems with your vision that you may be experiencing.
- Your doctor will also determine your visual acuity to check if you require contact lenses or glasses to augment your vision.
- The doctor will administer number drops in your eyes. After which, your doctor will measure the pressure in your eye.
- Your doctor will also check the overall health of your eyes, by using a number of lights to check the front and inside of every eye. For your doctor to able to examine the inside of your eye, eye drops that will dilate your eyes will be administered.
- Your doctor will discuss his findings after the examination and answer any queries that you have regarding your eyes.
A clinical assistant can do parts of the eye exam, like taking your medical history and initial eye assessment.
A series of tests may be done during the eye examination. The tests are made to assess your vision and to check the overall appearance and function of the different parts of the eyes.
The doctor will assess both the inside and outside of your eyes to check the overall health of your eyes and determine any underlying medical complications.
Eye examinations normally include the following tests:
- Eye muscle test
- Visual acuity test
- Refraction assessment
- Visual field test (perimetry)
- Color vision testing
- Slit-lamp examination
- Retinal examination
- Screening for glaucoma
After the examination, your New Westminster Optometrists will now have sufficient knowledge of the health of your eyes, your vision’s standard and any particular need that you may require. If there is something about the results that you don’t understand, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor as they are always willing to help you out.
You will also have the chance to talk about the appropriate type of correction that you need that will fit your lifestyle and needs. Then your doctor will advise you of your next eye examination and give you a prescription for contact lenses or eyeglasses, or any correction.