What is a vision screening?
Most people are confused with vision screening versus comprehensive eye exams. If you had a visit to DMV and you pass their vision test, you might say, “My vision is fine! I don’t need a comprehensive eye exam.” But a vision screening does not provide any information on the overall health of your eyes. It’s like going to your annual physical and only getting your blood pressure checked. It's helpful information, but it’s not the whole health check.
Limitations Of A Vision Screening?
Vision screenings only test how well you see in the distance. This is called visual acuity and is just one factor in your overall vision. The screening also doesn’t evaluate for color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, or focusing system. Most importantly, it doesn’t evaluate for any ocular health issues
What is a comprehensive eye exam?
A comprehensive eye exam is like an annual physical for your eye. Unfortunately, many eye diseases develop without causing noticeable symptoms, and if left untreated, they may lead to vision impairment. Therefore, it is recommended by The American Optometric Association to have an eye exam every two years if you aren’t having any problems and you’re aged 18-60. After the age of 61, you should schedule a comprehensive exam annually or as recommended by your eye doctor. The comprehensive eye exam is intended to evaluate the health and eye function, and identify and treat conditions before they lead to serious vision loss.
What can I expect during a comprehensive eye exam?
Comprehensive eye exams evaluate all aspects of your vision and eye health. The comprehensive eye exam looks at your eye externally and internally for any signs of eye disease, then tests your vision in a variety of ways.
- Visual acuity
- Eye muscle test
- Refraction assessment
- Peripheral vision
- Eye health exam
- Retinal exam
- Glaucoma Testing
- Retinal exam