Comprehensive eye exams are the optical equivalent of medical check-ups. Both procedures are necessary to determine whether your body is functioning as it should. In the case of comprehensive eye exams, your optometrist will assess whether your visual faculties are functioning at an optimal level. Your eye specialist will also evaluate the overall condition of your eyes.
A comprehensive eye exam can last anywhere from an hour or more, depending on how many procedures your doctor will perform. Today’s post from Vision Care Plus serves as a primer on the procedures you are likely to undergo during a comprehensive eye exam.
Visual Acuity Test
First up in the series of vision tests is usually the visual acuity test, which measures how sharp your vision is. This test is performed using a Snellen chart to assess how well you see distant and nearby objects.
Color Blindness Test
This test screens your color vision as well as other eye problems that may affect this aspect of your eyesight.
The cover test evaluates your binocular vision. Your eyes should be able to focus well in relation to each other in terms of depth and range. If one eye performs better than the other, it might be an indication of a misalignment issue, for which vision therapy may be needed.
Ocular Motility Test
Testing how well your eyes can follow a moving object provides an insight into whether you’d have any trouble reading. Eye movement is also vital to sports vision and other visual skills.
Depth Perception Test
Your ability to perceive depth is highly essential for assessing three-dimensional objects. A properly calibrated depth perception enables you to assess how near or how distant objects are.
Pupil Dilation Test
During this procedure, your eye doctor will apply a few drops of dilating solution to your eyes to enlarge your pupils, making your eyes more sensitive to light. When your pupils are dilated, your optometrist obtains a better view of your eyes’ internal structures such as blood vessels. Keep in mind that the effect of the dilating drops may last several hours. You can bring sunglasses to minimize the glare, but most eye clinics provide a disposable pair in case you forget to bring yours.
Note that these are only some of the tests you’ll likely be asked to undergo during a complete eye exam. Vision Care Plus is a family eye care clinic that offers complete vision and eye health exams. Call us at (844) 201-5900 to schedule an appointment. We work with patients in Leduc, AB, and other areas in Alberta.