Eye & Vision Exam FAQs

Eye & Vision Exam FAQs

Our Sandy Springs optometrist offers complete eye and vision care, from basic vision screening to comprehensive eye exams to evaluate your eye health and function.

1. What is an eye exam?

An eye exam evaluates complete eye health and function. The eye exam determines both your visual acuity (the sharpness of your vision) and identifies any eye health problems or eye coordination problems for the earliest treatment. Our optometrist looks for physical abnormalities, eye disease like glaucoma or cataracts, and eye-teaming problems such as lazy eye. During this complete eye health exam, our Sandy Springs optometrist plans treatment for any problems diagnosed.

2. What is a vision exam?

A vision exam is also called a vision screening and is primarily done to determine your visual acuity (how clearly you see from set distances), and the amount of vision correction you might need. In this exam, our optometrist determines your prescription for corrective lenses; eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.

3. What is the difference between an eye and vision exam?

The vision exam is a screening (less comprehensive) exam. It is a basic eye test and vision test for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and more. Its goal is to find the amount of vision correction, if any, required to make your vision normal, or as sharp as possible. The eye exam evaluates complete eye health and function; not only how well you see (visual acuity/sharpness), but also eye pressure, depth perception, and other physical and functional aspects of your eyes.

4. What should I expect from an eye and vision exam?

A complete eye and vision exam typically includes, depending upon your age and medical history:

  • Visual acuity test (eye chart test, measuring near and far vision sharpness)
  • Cover test (eye teaming or coordination test to reveal Lazy eye or strabismus)
  • Eye movement test (following an object and refocusing test)
  • Eye pressure test ("air puff" test for glaucoma)
  • Depth perception test 
  • Color blindness test
  • Slit lamp exam (examination of eye structures with an upright microscope)
  • Pupil dilation (allows a better view of your internal eye, to check for macular degeneration and more)
  • Visual field test (reveals peripheral vision loss or blind spots)
  • Retinoscopy (helps refine vision correction prescriptions, using a handheld light)
  • Refraction (refines your prescription with your subjective opinion, your eye doctor flips through lens options using a large, multi-lens phoropter instrument)
  • Aberrometer and Autorefractor (optometry tools that produce automatic, objective measurements of your prescription and map the eye's shape, often used for evaluation before and after LASIK eye surgery)

5. How often should I schedule an eye and vision exam with my Sandy Springs optometrist?

Visit our optometrist at least annually, but also make an appointment anytime you notice vision changes. If you have eye disease or chronic health issues, like high blood pressure or diabetes, our optometrist may advise more frequent eye exams.

If you haven't had a vision checkup within the past year, or have questions about your eyesight or eye health, contact our Sandy Springs optometry office. Call Eye 1st Vision Center at (404) 252-1702 today.


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