Eye exams keep your vision sharp. They also provide you with an opportunity to receive other services, including new glasses, prescription sunglasses and glasses repair.
Eye care specialists suggest adults should see an eye doctor at least every two years and, once they are 60, every year. Continue reading to see what to expect and to make sure you get the services you need.
Regular eye exams are the first step to maintaining good vision. An eye doctor can determine if you need glasses or, if you already wear eye wear, whether your prescription is still strong enough.
An optometrist will start your exam about asking about your medical history and whether you are experiencing problems. The doctor shines a light in your eyes to check the exterior parts of your eyes then measures your vision, looking for both signs of disease and how strong of corrective lenses you need.
There are various tests that the eye doctor will do including the visual acuity test, what most people equate with an eye exam. The doctor, testing how well you see from a distance, asks you to look at different letters of the alphabet either printed on a chart or screen. The eye doctor covers one eye and asks you to read the letters then covers the other eye and asks you the same.
An optometrist, according to WebMD, may also look at the back of your eyes through the following ways:
The exam will determine whether you need glasses, contacts or other corrective lenses and, if so, what strength. Also, the Mayo Clinic states, an optometrist can see if you have signs of a cataract, glaucoma or retinal disorders including macular degeneration.
Along with regular glasses, an eye doctor can also provide prescription sunglassses.
Sunglasses keep the sun from damaging your eyes. They are the strength of your prescription but are also tinted or darkened like sunglasses.
When getting sunglasses, it isn’t the color of the lens that offers the prescription. Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation or UV light, and you want sunglasses that absorb 100 percent of the damaging light, regardless of what color they are.
Sunglasses come in different styles, including clip-ons that attach to your regular glasses and high-performance sunglasses that you can wear while playing sports.
Eyeglasses are breakable, and many of us have had experiences like dropping them, sitting on them or otherwise damaging them. Your optometrist can repair your sunglasses, sometimes under warranty, or replace them if they are beyond repair.
Some eye doctors offer same day glasses. That means you can get eyeglasses the same day that you get an exam. If in need of eyeglasses quickly, such as if you have bad vision and are in need of a quick replacemnt pair of glasses, seek out an eye doctor that offers this service.
Depending on your eyes, you may also want contact lenses instead of glasses. Contact lenses are placed in the eye and may be worn for both medical and cosmetic reasons. They come in different types of lenses, including rigid lenses, soft lenses and hybrid lenses that have a soft edge and a rigid center.
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