ABCs of eye exams.
Your eyes say a lot about you. Did you know that your eyes can also tell your eye doctor about your overall health? It’s amazing what your eyes can reveal. Learn what your eye doctor is doing during an annual eye exam.
Provide your medical and eye history.
This will help your doctor evaluate your risk for vision problems, eye diseases, and other medical conditions.
What’s a Snellen Chart?
It’s that chart with rows of letters in different sizes. It tests how well you can see far away. The smaller the letters you can read, the better your distance vision.
Which is clearer? One or two?
Your VSP doctor shines a light into your eyes to check your vision and estimate your eyewear prescription. To fine-tune your prescription, your eyecare doctor places a series of lenses in front of your eyes and asks which helps you see more clearly.
Cover the left, then the right.
This tests how well your eyes work together. You cover one eye and look at an object across the room. Your VSP doctor watches how far your uncovered eye moves to see the object.
Expect a little puff of air.
The “puff test”—a common test for glaucoma— measures the fluid pressure inside your eyes. It takes just a quick puff of air in each eye. Your VSP doctor may also shine a special blue light in your eyes to test for this condition.
Get the inside scoop.
Dilating drops enlarge your pupils for a better view inside your eyes to help detect signs of eye and health conditions. The drops may make your vision blurry and your eyes sensitive to light for several hours.
See the big picture.
Your VSP doctor gets a magnified view of the front and inside of your eyes using a slit lamp, or biomicroscope. This helps detect signs of eye conditions, like cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.