What to Expect During Your Eye Exam
No matter how old you are or your health condition, a comprehensive eye exam is the most reliable way to keep your vision clear and healthy! When you visit our optometry practice, Dr. Lisa Ely will inspect your eyes thoroughly. In addition to checking visual acuity to determine if you need eyeglasses or contacts, she will use state-of-the-art technology to detect any signs of eye disease or abnormality. To keep your vision safe for as long as possible, contact us to schedule an eye exam.
Why does everyone need routine eye exams?
A precise and detailed inspection of your full visual system is the only dependable method for diagnosing many eye diseases when they first start, such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. These ocular diseases do not present symptoms until they progress, and at that point they become harder to treat. That’s why even if your vision prescription is current and you don’t notice any problems, it’s still critical to book a comprehensive eye exam at our modern optometry office!
Besides the association between aging and eye diseases, growing older can also lead many common changes in vision, such as presbyopia. This vision condition is typified by the inability to read fine print up-close. People with presbyopia often need to hold books and small objects at a distance in order to see them properly. Fortunately, presbyopia is treated easily with reading glasses, specialty contacts, bifocal or multifocal eyeglasses.
Pediatric eye exams are important for kids, even they don’t wear eyeglasses or contacts. Healthy functional vision is necessary for learning, and an undetected vision condition can interfere with your child’s success in school. Even learning the basics of reading and writing can be compromised if all parts of vision don’t work properly. Our warm and compassionate eye doctor is skilled at checking children’s eyes!
What happens during your eye exam?
Dr. Ely will customize your eye exam to meet your personal needs, depending upon your age, health condition, visual requirements and unique lifestyle. Here’s a step-by-step outline of what to expect:
- Our eye doctor will ask you to share details about your general health, medications, and any complaints you have with your vision or eyes.
- We will check your overall visual system, including your pupils’ response to light, peripheral (side) vision and eye mobility.
- Our optometrist will conduct procedures to assess your focusing ability (accommodation), eye teaming/binocularity and eye alignment. All of these visual skills are required to have sharp eyesight at various distances.
- We may evaluate your visual fields with automated and manual procedures. Abnormal results can point to certain eye diseases, such as macular degeneration.
- In order to determine your up-to-date vision prescription, we’ll check visual acuity. You’ll need to read a standard eye chart. Our optometrist will also use a phoropter, which involves having you look through a series of lenses to provide feedback about how well you see. Dr. Ely will use a retinoscope to evaluate refractive error. Altogether, these tests are used to issue an accurate vision prescription.
- Using cutting-edge digital equipment and optics, our Clarksville eye doctor will inspect your retina and the tissues at the back of your eye. This enables an early diagnosis of eye disease, such as cataracts and glaucoma, as well as many other health problems (such as hypertension and diabetes).
- We’ll use a tonometer to measure the inner fluid pressure of your eye. This procedure is quick and painless and will help to detect glaucoma.
- After your comprehensive eye exam, we’ll explain to results. If you require treatment, we’ll work together to identify the best treatment for your condition.
We encourage all of our patients, both new and returning, to consult with Dr. Lisa Ely to find out when to visit our Clarksville, TN, optometry practice for a comprehensive eye exam. We look forward to seeing you and your eyes!