What to Expect at an Eye Exam - Explained by Nelson Family Eyecare
Your Eye exam will begin by going over your eye health and vision history.
The doctor will check your visual acuity and perform a refraction (determination of an eyeglasses prescription if needed).
Most important: the eye exam will include an assessment of the health of your eyes inside and out.
This examination includes looking for all types of eye diseases and your risk factors for developing them in the future such as:
glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
It will also look at your binocular vision or how your eye muscles allow your two eyes to coordinate together to allow you to have clear, comfortable sight.
WHAT TO BRING TO EYE EXAM
• List of Medications you are currently taking
• B.C. Care Card
• Pre-appointment Form if you are new patient. New Patient Adult Form | New Patient Child Form
• Contact Lenses on your Eyes If you use contact lenses (part or full time) please arrive wearing them and ensure they have been in your eyes for over an hour so Dr. Newhouse can assess the fit and prescription. If these contact lenses were not prescribed from our office, please bring their boxes so we can assess and advice you on them, without having to do more extensive re-fitting appointment.
• Eyeglasses - most recent eyeglasses, including your prescription sunglasses and any task-specific glasses (computer/reading/safety).
The eye exam length will depend on your age, risk factors, eye conditions, and the questions you need answered. Please allow for an hour for the eye exam.??
WHY DILATE EYES FOR EYE ASSESSMENT?
Dr. Newhouse may recommend dilating your pupils by putting dilating drops in your eyes. The need for these drops is to assess your eye health which depends on your age, symptoms, risk factors and how long it has been since you last had your eyes examined by an eye doctor.?These drops allow Dr. Newhouse to evaluate the structures in the interior of the eye and help to accurately assess for eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal problems, and also for focusing problems in younger patients.
The dilating drops will leave you light sensitive and in some cases with blurry vision for two to six hours after the appointment. If you have never had these drops please arrange for a driver, as some people are not able or do not feel comfortable driving afterwards.
BRING YOUR SUNGLASSES