Here's What Your Optometrist Is Looking for During Your Eye Exam

You should certainly schedule an appointment with your eye doctor if you experience problems with your vision at any age. But if you’re over 40, you should get your eyes checked every 1-2 years.

At West Vision in Tyler, Texas, Dr. Jacob West and his team are dedicated to providing you with the best optometric care possible. We take the time to ensure that you’re well-informed about your eye health, and that’s why we’ve compiled this helpful guide so that you can get a better understanding of what we’re looking for in an eye exam. 

What we look for in an eye exam

When we perform an eye exam at West Vision, we’re not just looking for problems that can be solved with corrective lenses. We’re also looking for other conditions like:

Additionally, if you have health problems like high blood pressure or diabetes, or you take a lot of medications that can affect your eyesight, then we also check to make sure that your health conditions aren’t negatively influencing your eyesight. 

If you’re a fairly healthy individual in your 20s or 30s, you’re not entirely off the hook. You still want to get an eye exam every 5-10 years to catch any issues with your vision before they progress.

Eye tests you can expect

We check for the above eye issues, among others, by running a couple of different tests during your eye exam. Here are some eye tests we perform during an exam:

Eye muscle movement test

Dr. West tests the alignment of your eyes by watching them follow a moving target, like a pen. This ensures that your eyes are properly aligned.

Pupil reactions and dilation

This test uses light and nearby objects to see if your pupils adjust properly to light and objects that are close to you. We may also perform an ophthalmoscopy, or a retinal examination. During an ophthalmoscopy, we dilate your pupils and use a tool, an ophthalmoscope, to ensure that your retina, retinal blood vessels, eye fluids, and optic nerves are all functioning well.

Glaucoma testing

Glaucoma testing checks the fluid pressure in your eyes to ensure that it’s within a normal range. This can be done with a noncontact tonometry test, in which a small puff of air is blown into each of your eyes while you stare at a target. The puff of air tests how well your eyes resist the air pressure. 

Visual acuity test

These tests measure your vision. With a visual acuity test, we have you read letters on an eye chart where the letters gradually become smaller with each row. We also have you cover each eye so that they can be tested individually.

If you think you may have a problem with your vision, are over the age of 40, or have a chronic condition that affects your vision, it’s time to make an appointment for an eye exam. Call us or book an appointment right on our website today. 

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