Annual comprehensive eye exams are recommended for people of all ages to ensure that your ocular and systemic health is in order. During your exam a series of tests will be done to assess how well you are seeing in addition to evaluating all aspects of your eye health. The eye is also a window into what is happening in the rest of the body and many times systemic issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and other medical conditions can be discovered during the course of your examination.
Components of a Comprehensive Eye Exam
During the course of about an hour, we at Illinois Valley Eye Care will perform a series of tests that may include one or more of the following:
The visual acuity test measures the distance at which your eyes can focus on far away objects. Visual Acuity is perhaps the test that people are most familiar with and it involves reading a chart with both eyes, then with one eye shut.
This is an assessment that determines if you have any color vision abnormalities. This normally runs in families and is diagnosed at an early age. A color vision defect doesn’t have too many real-life limitations except for a handful of professions and maybe some mismatched socks!
This test involves covering one eye at a time and alternating back and forth to see if your eyes are working together properly. It allows the doctor to see if an eye turn is present or if your eyes are straining more than they should.
Your doctor will perform an eye movement assessment to determine how accurately your eyes can track moving objects. During this test, the doctor will observe your eye movement as you follow the trajectory of their finger moving back and forth slowly in front of your face.
Depth perception is an important feature that allows you to safely navigate through the world without bumping into things, such as when you are driving. In this test, our eye doctor at Illinois Valley Eye Care will have you wear 3D glasses as you peruse a unique book. You’ll be asked to identify shapes and features in the book.
Glaucoma is a severe degenerative eye disease with few warning signs. Early detection can save your eyesight.
To schedule your comprehensive eye exam in Spring Valley, IL, please contact us today!