How do I know if I need an eye exam?
Regular eye exams are essential for your eye health and best vision. Even if you believe your eyes are healthy, it’s important to receive eye exams on a regular basis. To help you do so, our expert staff at Oregon Eye Specialists provides general eye examinations for all ages at our 10 clinic locations.
Read more to learn about eye exams at Oregon Eye Specialists and how you can benefit your health for years to come.
Because some eye diseases don’t cause symptoms, eye exams can serve as a powerful tool for diagnosis. Your doctor can help you to catch serious conditions that cause blindness, such as glaucoma, early on.
You will especially benefit from regular eye exams if you:
- Have been diagnosed with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes: Certain diseases put you at an increased risk of eye disease and vision loss. Regular exams can prevent or diagnose problems before they become serious.
- Suffer from chronic headaches: Oftentimes, headaches are tied to certain eye conditions. Eye exams can help doctors diagnose the root of the problem.
- Wear glasses or contacts: Eye exams can help you to determine whether your prescription needs to be adjusted.
- Are considering LASIK or other refractive surgeries: An eye exam can tell you if you’re a good candidate for LASIK or another refractive eye surgery.
How often should I have an eye exam?
It depends on your age. When you see your eye doctor, ask how often you should have an exam – regular eye examinations are the best way to protect your vision for a lifetime.
What happens at an eye exam?
At an eye exam, your doctor checks your eye health and looks for signs of eye disease. This usually takes less than an hour and does not hurt.
First, your doctor asks basic questions about your medical and eye health history and examines your eyes and the surrounding tissue. Next, you have tests to measure how acute (sharp) your vision is and check abilities such as peripheral (side) vision.
Tests performed at a general eye exam include:
- Pupil inspection
- Eye muscle health and mobility
- Visual field
- Color vision
- Ophthalmoscopy (retina health)
- Tonometry (fluid pressure)
Children’s Eye Exams
Good eye health starts early in life – and our talented staff at Oregon Eye Specialists is experienced in helping children of all ages. Because many eye conditions and diseases can affect children’s vision, all children need routine eye exams.
Even if you don’t notice any eye problems in your child, it is important to have a medically-trained expert assess your child’s vision and eye health for underlying issues. Learn more about children’s eye exams and how our staff can help your child.
What happens at a children’s eye exam?
Eye exams for children are much like adult eye exams. First, the doctor asks about your child’s health, including any eye problems, allergies and other health conditions. Next, we test how well the eyes line up, move together and see objects at different distances.
The eye doctor places drops in your child’s eyes to dilate (open) the pupils. After 30 minutes, the doctor checks for vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. He or she also examines your child’s eyes to make sure they are healthy.
If your child’s eye doctor finds any vision problems or other eye conditions, you can discuss treatment options. If your child needs glasses, every Oregon Eye Specialists clinic has a full-service optical shop, the Sight Shop, next door. The optician works directly with your child’s doctor to fill the prescription.
If you have questions during your eye exam, ask your doctor. Our Oregon Eye Specialists team is always happy to help!
Contact Oregon Eye Specialists for an eye exam at one of our convenient locations.