In our last article, we discussed number 6 through 10 on what to expect when getting a comprehensive eye exam. In this 3rd article in the series, we’ll cover the last 4 you can expect from your eye examination.
- Pupil Dilation
To derive the best views of the internal structures of the eye’s the doctor will place dilating drops into your eyes so that your pupils enlarge. These drops usually take around 10 minutes before they start working.
When the pupils dilate they become sensitive to lights as more light is able to enter the eyes and you may find it difficult to focus on objects that are up close. The effects from these drops may last for a number of hours, dependent on how strong the drops were.
As soon as the drops take effect, the eye examiner uses a number of instruments to examine the inside of each eye. It is advisable to bring sunglasses along to the exam in order to lower light sensitivity and glare when you go home. If you were not told about bringing sunglasses to your eye examination, you will usually be given a pair of disposable glasses.
Pupil dilation is essential for patients that present higher risk factors to different eye diseases, as it provides for a more thorough evaluation when it comes to the condition of inside the eyes.
- Visual Field Test
In certain instances, the eye doctor might want to examine for the possibility of blind spots known as scotomas in your side or peripheral vision with a visual field test. These blind spots may originate from an eye disease like glaucoma.
Analysis of these blind spots can also help to identify a specific area of brain damage that is caused from a tumor or a stroke.
- Other Eye Tests
Over and above the above-mentioned tests that are performed during standard comprehensive examinations for the eyes, you may need to go for eye tests that are more specialized. These tests are more commonly performed by a retinal specialist on the basis of a referral from a standard eye doctor.
- Contact Lens Fittings
The comprehensive eye examination will usually not include contact lens fittings. Which means you will not be provided with a prescription for contact lenses after the routine eye examination.
There is an exception when you are already wearing contacts and these lenses were originally fitted by your eye doctor that is performing your eye exam. Your doctor may then issue an updated prescription.
Contact lens examinations which include a fitting is usually conducted during an office visit. The contact lens exams can also be performed by an eye doctor that performed your eye exam, or you can choose to use a different ECP (eye care practitioner).
In general, it is advisable to have the contact lens and eye exam done at one practice. In some cases, if you decide to have the exams with different eye practitioners, the ECP that conducts the contact-lens fitting may repeat tests that you have already completed with your eye exam. This usually involves liability reasons that verifies accuracy of your prescription for eyeglasses and to ensure your eyes are able to handle wearing contacts.
Duplication of these efforts results in added costs, that you would not need to pay for if you use one location for your contact lens and comprehensive eye exam.
Keep in mind that you cannot buy contact lenses according to your eyeglass prescription, yet the prescription for your glasses will give the ECP a beginning point to determine what contact lenses you will need. If you would like to find out more on the differences between the prescriptions for contacts and glasses, please refer to our article titled “Are Contact Lens And Eyeglass Prescriptions The Same?”
If you want or need to go to another location for a contact-lens examination after you have completed your comprehensive eye examination, make sure you find out if added fees are required in order to repeat the tests you have already completed in your eye examination.
If you’d like to get a thorough eye exam done, please contact Fusion Eye Care at (919) 977-7480.