What to expect during my comprehensive vision examination

woman in the optometrist office examining her eyesightPatients in and around the areas of Pontiac and Clarkston, MI, who are in need of a visual examination are encouraged to connect with our team at Wilkinson Eye Center. Our professionals are here to help you diagnose and treat any vision concerns that need to be addressed to ensure eye health and proper vision acuity. It all starts with a comprehensive vision examination at Wilkinson Eye Center!

What happens during a comprehensive vision examination?

An ophthalmologist is a specialized doctor who focuses on providing vision and eye care. A comprehensive vision examination with an ophthalmologist usually lasts about an hour and includes a number of different tests and procedures.

The first part of the examination often consists of a conversation with the ophthalmologist about your medical history and concerning symptoms and issues you may be experiencing related to your vision. The ophthalmologist will also ask you about your family’s medical history, as certain eye conditions are hereditary.

Next, the ophthalmologist will conduct a visual acuity test to assess your level of vision. This test is typically done using an eye chart, where you will be asked to read progressively smaller letters from top to bottom.

The next step is usually a refraction test, which is used to determine the correct prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. For this test, you are asked to look through a phoropter, which is a device that contains a number of different lenses. The ophthalmologist will ask you which lens gives you the clearest vision.

After the refraction test, the ophthalmologist will conduct a number of other tests to assess your eye health. These tests may include:

  • A visual field test, which checks for blind spots in your vision
  • An assessment of your pupils’ response to light
  • A pressure test to check for glaucoma
  • A scan of your retina (the back of your eye)
  • A measure of the tears in your eyes

After all the tests are completed, the ophthalmologist will discuss the results with you and make recommendations for treatment, if necessary. Treatment for eye conditions may include eyeglasses, contact lenses, surgery, or medication.

Request an appointment today!

If you are interested in learning more about comprehensive vision examination with Wilkinson Eye Center of Clarkston and Pontiac, MI, call one of our two office locations to schedule your appointment. Both new and returning patients and families are welcome to our practice to undergo the diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance of particular eye and vision concerns.

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