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What to Expect at an Eye Exam

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After our last post in honor of National Eye Exam Month, you may have realized it's time to schedule your  next trip to the eye doctor. Here's a handy guide to the different eye tests you can expect at that appointment.


Visual Acuity Test

This is probably the first thing you think of when you think of the eye doctor. Reading letters off of a Snellen Chart determines how well you can see letters from across the room.


Manual Visual Field Testing

This test involves you looking at a test screen where you'll see small flashes of light blinking on and off at different locations to identify any gaps in your field of vision.


Refraction Assessment

"Better 1? Better 2?" Those are the questions you're likely to hear when undergoing this test. Your eye doctor will have you look through a mask-like device with different lenses and different strengths turned through wheels to determine your proper prescription. 


Slit-Lamp Examination

This microscope-like device gives your eye doctor a magnified, 3-D view of your eyes so that any abnormalities can be detected.


Glaucoma Test

This is one of the most-feared tests eye doctors dole out. You may be more familiar with this test by its other name – the "puff of air test." This machine measures your eyes resistance to the puff of air to determine if you are risk of glaucoma.


A little bit of knowledge can go a long ways toward easing any fears or anxiety you might have, so use this guide to keep you from fearing your trip to the eye doctor. And if you haven't scheduled that exam yet, there's no time like the present!