Consumer Guide to Eye Exams
Eye exams don't have to be mysterious or scary. The following articles explain the importance of eye exams, what happens during an exam, and how to choose an eye doctor. If you haven't had a comprehensive eye exam yet, click here to find an eye doctor near you.
Specific types of exam and testing procedures are described below so you have a better understanding of what to expect at your next visit to your optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Infographic: A Look At Eye Exams - New!
Our infographic includes how often to get an eye exam, what to expect and common myths about eye exams! (Includes code for you to embed on your own blog or website.)
Choosing The Right Eye Doctor: Optometrist Or Ophthalmologist?
Explanation of various types of eye care professionals and what they do.
Visual Acuity: Is 20/20 Vision Considered Perfect Vision?
What is perfect vision, and is it possible to achieve? What does 20/20 vision even mean?
Eye Exam Eye-Q Quiz
Do you know why the eye doctor puts dilating eye drops in your eyes? What risk factors would make more frequent eye exams necessary? Put your knowledge to the test with our Eye-Q quiz!
Why Are Eye Exams Important?
Routine eye exams can detect vision problems, eye disease and general health problems before you are aware a problem exists. Also, read why vision screenings are no substitute for a comprehensive eye exam performed by a licensed eye doctor.
Refractive Errors and Refraction: How the Eye Sees
Learn how light travels through the eye, how the eye refracts or focuses light and how refractive errors affect vision. Also, how your eye doctor detects and corrects refractive errors.
Eye Exam Cost and When to Have an Eye Exam
Learn how much an eye exam costs and how frequently you and your family members should have your eyes examined. Also, find out what information you should bring to your eye exam.
Free Eye Exams and Eyeglasses
Learn about organizations that provide free eye exams for infants, children and families or individuals in financial need. Some also provide free eyeglasses.
Eye Exams for Contact Lenses
If you plan to wear contact lenses, be sure you say so when you schedule an eye exam. Your eye doctor will need extra time for a contact lens fitting, which includes measurements of your eye's surface.
Understanding Your Contact Lens Rx
You need a prescription for contacts, even if they're just for looks. Here's what all those numbers and terms mean on the Rx form.
Sports Vision Tests and Training
Learn how sports vision tests help you improve hand-eye coordination, depth perception, eye-tracking ability and other skills.
Contrast Sensitivity Test
A contrast sensitivity test can help your eye doctor determine if you have a vision problem that cannot be detected with a conventional eye chart.
Visual Field Testing
A visual field test can detect central and peripheral vision problems caused by glaucoma, stroke and other eye or brain problems.
Wavefront Eye Exams
Modern eye examinations using wavefront can identify even obscure vision errors that may now be corrected for the first time through LASIK, eyeglasses, or artificial lenses.
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[Page updated August 2016]