An Eye Examination


Getting your eyes checked may be one of the most important things that you do each year. However, most people actually do not visit with an optometrist until there is a problem. There are many different eye problems that can be treated if caught early, but if left alone they can develop into major problems. If you have not met with an optometrist for awhile, it is time to start visiting a vision center at least once a year. If you have not visited an optometrist before, it can be a little nerve wracking. However, here is a guide of what may happen at your eye appointment.

General Examination

The first thing that an optometrist will do is a general eye examination. They will first check the eye for any external problems. A simple examination of the eye will allow the optometrist to spot problems such as a scratch in the retina. The optometrist may also give you a general movement test. They will likely ask you to follow an object six different directions. If you are able to follow the pen, then the muscles in your eyes are working properly.

Snellen Chart

You will next stand in front of the famous Snellen chart and your vision will be inspected. You will be asked to read the letters on the chart with both eyes open. Then you will cover one eye and then the other. This allows the optometrist to know if there is one eye that dominates. You will also do this test at a few different ranges, from close to far away, to see how acute your vision is. 

Color Blindness

The optometrist is likely to bring you a few different cards with dots. The dots will be two different colors, and there will be a number written with the dots. If you are not able to recognize the number then they will be able to diagnose you with color blindness.

A Photograph

The optometrist is also very likely to take a photo of your eye. The photograph allows them to inspect the interior of your eye. They will be able to see if your eye is getting enough blood or if the eye is under a lot of pressure. The photo will allow the optometrist to get an idea whether the tissue is functioning properly. There is nothing to be nervous about during an eye exam; just do your best and your optometrist do what is ultimately best for you.  Contact an eye doctor like Dr. Charles A. Richards, O.D. to learn more.


7 March 2017

Taking Your Child To The Optometrist

When it comes to parenting, taking care of your kids can feel like a daily guessing game. You might wonder why your child is acting so fussy, only to figure out a few days later that they are suffering from a cold. Unfortunately, the symptoms of poor vision can be even more difficult to notice, which is why taking your child to an optometrist is so crucial. This blog is all about noticing the signs of eye problems and taking your child to the eye doctor right away. By paying attention and being proactive about eye problems, you can keep your child healthy and happy.