Getting Ready For An Eye Exam
- Posted on: Apr 16 2015
Getting your eyes checked regularly is important to your health because it helps you maintain sight and is extremely helpful in detecting any eye conditions. Your ophthalmologist may carry out a number of tests as part of your eye exam to ensure that your eyes are in perfect health. These may range from simple tests, such as evaluating your ability to read letters, to examining the eye structure with high powered lens. While some of these tests may take some time to get completed they are well worth the wait because your ophthalmologist is making sure you continue to enjoy excellent eye sight in future too. Knowing the kind of tests you may encounter helps you prepare for your eye exam more effectively.
Common Eye Tests
- Visual acuity: A very familiar test, this is the one where you are asked to read a chart of numbers and letters. The purpose of the test is to measure the sharpness of your vision.
- Cover test: The purpose of this test is to determine if your eyes work perfectly in coordination. You are asked to focus on an object, alternatively keeping one eye closed. This test allows the ophthalmologist determine if signs of strabismus or amblyopia are seen.
- Slit lamp exam: Using the slit lamp, your ophthalmologist can assess the structures of your eyes very minutely and evaluate their health condition. You position your chin on the chin rest of the instrument so that light can be shined right at your eye allowing the ophthalmologist to examine your eyes through oculars. Conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts can be detected with this test and treatment initiated in time.
- Pupil dilation: Another test that your ophthalmologist uses to evaluate the health of your eyes, the pupil test involves enlarging your pupils with the help of dilating drops. Once the pupils are dilated, your ophthalmologist examines your eye’s structures closely. Since dilation can cause your eyes to be highly sensitive to light, it is advisable to bring sunglasses with you if this test is scheduled as part of your eye exam.
Are You Due For A Comprehensive Eye Exam? Contact Dr. Julia Giyaur
For more information about eye examinations, contact ophthalmologist Dr. Julia Giyaur in Brooklyn and Rego Park. Our offices can be reached at 718.676.6464. We look forward to helping you see clearly.
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