Live Oak Ophthalmology serves patients in Wilmington, NC and neighboring areas. It provides a range of services to help maintain and improve the condition of patients’ eyes. One such service includes eye exams.
What Should Someone Expect During Their First Eye Exam?
A new patient will start by filling out forms detailing their medical history, with an emphasis on any eye problems they have had. Our doctor will also want to know about the patient’s current symptoms. A comprehensive eye exam can take anywhere from minutes to an hour or more depending on the number and type of tests the doctor administers. These tests can include any of the following:
Also known as the Snelling test, the visual acuity is probably the best-known eye test. The patient reads rows of letters on a chart that range from huge to tiny. The patient keeps reading until they can’t see the letters.
Our ophthalmologists in Wilmington, NC may decide to take a closer look inside the patient’s eyes. To do that, they will administer eye drops to make the pupils dilate and give them a better look. The doctors can use various tools and lights to look inside the eyes. For example, they can use a device called an ophthalmoscope to examine the patient’s retina and other structures in the back of the eye.
The doctor may perform a refraction test to determine the patient’s exact prescription for corrective lenses. The patient will look through a machine called a photoreceptor that contains several different lenses. The doctor will have the patient look through a pair of lenses at a time and ask which one provides the clearest vision. The test can also determine the extent of a patient’s astigmatism, presbyopia, myopia or hyperopia.
How Often Should Someone Get Their Eyes Checked?
The answer depends on the patient’s age and medical history. For example, a patient with no history of eye problems will only need to get their eyes checked once every few years, depending on their age and the doctor’s recommendation.
Somebody with a personal or family history of eye trouble, however, should get their eyes checked every year, for they have a greater risk of developing serious conditions like glaucoma or cataracts. People in Wilmington, NC with conditions like diabetes that increase their chances of developing eye problems should also get eye exams every year.