Complete, Comprehensive, & Caring
The very first step towards caring for your eye health starts with an eye exam. Eye exams are the cornerstone of all eye care. Before we can prescribe lenses, medications, or recommend surgery, you’ll have to have an eye exam first.
However, just because they’re necessary doesn’t mean they’re cookie-cutter. We tailor every eye exam to you and your needs, taking into account every aspect of your eye health, your visual clarity, and even your overall health to find options that work best for you.
Each of our team members is happy to answer your questions or put your concerns to rest. All you need to do is book an eye exam, and we’ll get to work on providing you with complete, comprehensive care.
The Eye Exam Process
While we tailor every eye exam to the person, eye exams generally follow a certain process to ensure we look at every aspect of your eye and vision health.
Some appointments, like contact lens exams and laser eye surgery consultations, may need a little more time to complete, but we’ll let you know so you can plan accordingly.
When it’s time for your appointment, we’ll walk you through:
The Initial Discussion
We kick off every eye exam with a discussion about you. This conversation allows us to tailor your eye exam by asking specific questions about your previous eye health history, your personal and family health history, and any current eye problems you have.
Please take this as an opportunity to let us know of any questions or concerns you may have. The more information we have, the better we can customize the exam to suit your needs.
Testing Your Visual Acuity
Once we wrap up our discussion, the next step is to determine your visual acuity, otherwise known as your lens prescription. With your new lens prescription, we can customize your eyeglasses or contact lenses to find the crisp, clear vision you deserve.
Next, we’ll move on to arguably the most important part of your eye exam: eye disease testing.
Searching for Eye Disease
Many eye diseases can develop with little to no early symptoms, including sight-stealing issues like glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and more. To ensure we catch these issues before they damage your vision, we use the latest eye care technology to check your retina and assess your eye health.
If we discover any eye diseases or conditions developing, we’ll create a personalized management plan to help preserve your vision.
Finishing Your Eye Exam
Every eye exam ends with us providing you our findings as well as our recommendations or prescriptions. After your appointment, we can start looking at frames and lenses from some of the top designers in the world!
Once we complete your eye exam, you’ll have everything you need to start seeing the world the way you should.
How Often Should You Have an Eye Exam?
Eye exam frequency depends on your particular needs. We can determine your exam frequency after your first couple of eye exams with us. However, as a general rule, we follow the frequency recommended by the American Optometric Association:
- Once every 2 years between the ages of 18 and 64
- Annually after the age of 65
If you have conditions that could put your eye health or vision “at risk,” we may recommend more frequent exams.
You may be at-risk if you:
- Are over 50
- Have health conditions
- Have family health problems
- Have a high prescription
- Have frequent eye infections
Common Age-Related Eye Problems
Cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions that can occur with age. In fact, they’re the leading cause of blindness in the United States. However, early vision problems caused by cataracts can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Presbyopia is an age-related refractive error that everyone can develop, making it difficult for you to see things up close. Presbyopia generally develops in adults over 45, and it can develop even if you already have another refractive error like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the most common eye diseases in the United States and one of the leading causes of vision loss in adults over 55.
To learn more about AMD, please visit our Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management page.