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1. Children without significant risk factors for vision problems should have their eyes examined every:

The correct answer is: one to two years.

2. Which of the following increases a child's chances for having eye problems?

The correct answer is: all of the above (premature birth, crossed or turned eyes, a family history of eye disease). Read more about risk factors for eye problems.

3. The most common purpose of dilating eye drops is to:

The correct answer is: allow for a better view of the interior of your eyes. Learn more about the anatomy of the human eye.

4. Strabismus is:

The correct answer is: the technical term for crossed or turned eyes. Read more about strabismus.

5. Which of the following is an example of a vision "screening"?

The correct answer is: all of the above (driver's license eye test, eye chart at pediatrician's office, eye test performed by school nurse).

6. If you pass a vision screening, a comprehensive eye exam is unnecessary.

The correct answer is: false. Screenings can identify people who are at risk for vision problems, but that's as far as they can go. For example, an eye chart test may indicate a problem with your distance vision, but it can't tell you if you have an eye disease such as glaucoma or a vision problem such as presbyopia.

Screenings can miss serious vision or eye health problems that only a complete eye exam would detect. A comprehensive eye exam performed by an eye doctor includes careful testing of all aspects of your vision and eye health.

7. People over age 60 should have their eyes examined at least:

The correct answer is: every year. As you get older, your risk for eye disease gets higher. Also, many eye diseases have no symptoms in their early stages, but do have signs that your eye doctor will be able to see. In most cases, early detection and treatment can help reduce your risk for permanent vision loss.

8. Vision is directly linked to the learning process.

The correct answer is: true. Children who have trouble seeing or interpreting what they see often have trouble with their schoolwork. Read more about learning-related vision problems.

9. Important things to bring to your eye exam include:

The correct answer is: all of the above (your family's health history, a list of your medications, your current glasses and/or contact lenses).

10. The purpose of a glaucoma test using a tonometer is:

The correct answer is: to measure the pressure inside your eyes. Tonometry can detect high eye pressure, which is a risk factor for glaucoma.

11. An eye doctor uses a slit lamp to:

The correct answer is: evaluate the health of your eyes. A slit lamp (biomicroscope) gives your eye doctor a highly magnified view of external and internal structures of your eye, including the cornea, iris, lens and retina.

12. If you are a basically healthy person and you see well, regular eye exams are unnecessary.

The correct answer is: false. Learn why eye exams are important.

Page updated August 2017