What to Expect at a Comprehensive Eye Exam

Optometrists and ophthalmologists use a wide range of tests to get an accurate picture of our eyesight and issues with our eyes. These tests make up a comprehensive eye exam, which usually takes about an hour or so to complete. 

Here are some of the tests you can expect when you are required to undergo a comprehensive eye exam. 

The first and most basic eye test is the visual acuity test. During this test, your family eye care professional is testing the sharpness of your vision using the famous eye chart. The visual acuity test usually runs together with the cover test, which is exactly as it seems — your doctor will ask you to place a cover over one eye at a time. Here the test is trying to decipher how well your eyes work together. There is also a test that looks at whether or not you are color blind.  

The ocular motility test is performed in order to determine how well your eyes can follow a moving object, and move between, and fixate on two separate objects.

The common form of this test is when the doctor will ask you to hold your head still and ask you to follow a light with your eyes. There are numerous other common tests that seek to test your depth perception, the retinoscopy test (where the doctor seeks to estimate your eyeglass prescription), and the glaucoma test. 

Each test along the way can also provide your eye care professional with valuable information on any early signs of eye diseases. 

It’s important to schedule regular comprehensive eye exams. Contact Pycraft Family Eye Care, your Wooster family eye care professionals, for your next eye exam.