Here’s What Your Optometrist Is Looking For During Your Eye Exam

Visiting your optometrist for an eye exam can be a bit dizzying. You might get lights aimed at your eyes, drops that make you sensitive to light, and you always have to take a stab at reading the eye chart. What does it all mean?

As optometry professionals, our job when we examine your eyes is twofold. We’re not only testing your vision, but we’re also evaluating your overall eye health. 

Dr. Sean Stevens, Dr. Tiffany Brawner, and the ReVision Optix team take great pride in ensuring that your baseline vision and eye health are known quantities. That way we can prescribe contact lenses and eyewear, medications, and anything else you might need for clear vision and healthy eyes with confidence. 

The components of a high-quality, comprehensive eye exam

First, we create a great environment for your eye exam. We take all the time that’s needed so you feel like a person, not a number. Our gracious and welcoming staff members treat you kindly and calmly. 

During your exam, Dr. Stevens or Dr. Brawner will administer a range of tests, but first they review and discuss your overall health history with you. This gives them important information before they even begin your exam, such as an injury or eye issues that may run in your family. 

After this, we perform a series of tests on your eyes to assess your:

In addition, we measure your cornea, look at your focusing ability, ensure that your eyes can track properly, and that there isn’t an alignment problem with your eyes called amblyopia. Your eyes must work well together for you to see clearly.

ReVision Eye Care invests in the most advanced medical technology, and we use it to evaluate the components of your eye, like the lens and cornea, and even your eye pressure. High pressure readings, for example, can help us detect glaucoma. 

We screen carefully for diseases that affect the eyes, but don’t start there, like diabetes. An eye exam might also tip us off to another developing health problem, like high blood pressure or high cholesterol. 

If we do detect a problem or your exam leads to a diagnosis, we’ll schedule proper follow-up care and testing. Finally, we formulate prescriptions for eyewear expertly.

No news is not good news

Some serious eye diseases have no symptoms:

We also can’t tell if you need corrective lenses for everything from astigmatism to near-sightedness until you have a complete exam. We find that many children, for example, have undetected vision problems. 

The role of self-care in eye health

You’re our partner in the care of your eyes. It’s important to use protective goggles when you’re doing anything that puts them at risk, like using a power tool or working in a dusty environment. When outside, wear sunglasses that offer full UVA/UVB sun protection.

A new risk we need to protect our eyes from is the blue light that emanates from our digital devices. You can adjust your devices to minimize the blue light and also wear glasses that offer blue light protection. 

Entrust your eyes to a professional 

Credentials matter when it comes to eye care and maintaining your eye health. Only a Doctor of Optometry (DO) is fully prepared to administer a comprehensive eye exam, prescribe eyewear, and diagnose eye diseases. 

Looking out for your eyes

We want to preserve your vision for a lifetime. The ReVision Optix team is dedicated to providing you with the best care, always. Call our Greenville or Simpsonville office to schedule your eye exam today. 

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