Eye Exam

What to Expect During Your Eye Exam

Annual eye exams are essential in protecting your vision and health. Before the actual exam Dr. Bassiri will ask you a few questions about your vision history. If you currently wear contacts or glasses, it is a good idea to bring them to your appointment.

During your comprehensive eye exam, a series of tests are performed to assess your vision and the overall health of your eyes. The entire process takes anywhere from twenty minutes to over an hour, depending on the procedures that must be done to fully assess your vision. Here are some of the tests that you will likely encounter:

Visual Acuity

Most people are familiar with the Snellen letter chart, which is used to check the sharpness of your vision. Dr. Bassiri will have you read letters of varying sizes from the chart to determine how well you can see them from across the room. To test your near vision, a smaller, hand-held chart is used.

Cover Test

This simple test is used to see how well your eyes work together. Dr. Bassiri will have you focus on a small object across the room, then alternately cover each eye. Then he will do the test again, but have you look at something closer.

Color Blindness Test

Usually performed during your initial exam, this test will rule out color blindness. Although color blindness can be hereditary, the test can help Dr. Bassiri rule out certain eye health problems.


With the use of a phoropter, Dr. Bassiri will determine the necessary prescription for your glasses by asking you a series of questions; most notably, “which one is better, 1 or 2.”

Slit-Lamp Examination

The slit lamp is a microscope that enables your optometrist to look closely at both the external and internal structures of your eyes. Dr. Bassiri will have you place your chin on the chin rest, then shine the lamp’s light into your eye. This highly magnified view will reveal signs of infection or disease.

Aside from these procedures, Dr. Bassiri may recommend that more specialized tests be performed. If you are looking for a great Raleigh Optometrist and you have any questions regarding your eye exam, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dilated Fundus Examination

A dilated fundus examination allows your eye care professional to view the back of the eye. The eye is unique in that it is the only organ in the entire body where the blood vessels and part of the optic nerve can be viewed without surgically intervention.