What to Expect During Your Routine Eye Examination

eye examIf you’ve not had an eye examination before, you may be feeling apprehensive about what’s involved. You might even be wondering exactly why you need one – especially if you feel that your vision is fine.

Here’s a brief explanation, detailing what will happen in your eye exam and why it’s so important.

Why Do You Need a Routine Eye Exam?

Quite simply, a routine eye examination works on the same principle as any other regular health check-up – going on the premise that it’s better to catch a minor issue before it becomes a major problem.

Your ophthalmologist will be checking for signs of a variety of eye-related health issues. These include:

  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Cataracts
  • Plus any other common eye complaints

If they identify any problems, they’ll then recommend the best solution. This may be prescription glasses or contacts, medication, eye exercises or in very rare cases, surgery.

What’s Involved?

Initially, you might be asked a few questions about your vision history. This is the time, if you’ve experienced any problems with your sight, to raise them with your ophthalmologist. They’ll keep your comments firmly in mind as they start to examine your eyes.

The examination itself is completely non-invasive and painless, and don’t worry, your specialist certainly won’t be poking or jabbing you in the eye! Your eyes may be covered, one at a time (to test for strabismus) and you might be asked to follow a moving object with your eyes, to check the performance of your eye muscles. The glaucoma test is the only one that makes any real contact with your eyes, and is generally done by puffing a short burst of air at the eyeball. Although this may make you jump, it won’t hurt!

Obviously, the exact nature of your eye examination will depend largely on your specific requirements. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor what to expect when you arrive.

Booking a Regular Eye Examination Today

If you’d like to arrange a regular eye exam for yourself or your child, simply call Dr Guggino and his team at 813 876 1400 today.