Though children and adults have variations within eye exams, we follow the same process for both.
Common concerns for eye exams
· How often should someone have an eye/vision exam?
Adults who have healthy eyes and good vision without glasses should get a check-up every couple years. Children and those who need glasses or contact lenses should have an annual exam to ensure the best possible vision. For anyone with a health or medical concern that may involve the eyes, like diabetes, more frequent check-ups are necessary.
· Will my eyes be dilated?
Some patients may need to have their pupils dilated to allow us a better view inside the eyes, but it's not always necessary. Children and younger adults can usually be examined without dilating. For older patients, we will routinely dilate the pupils to rule out eye health concerns, like cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration. We have special instrumentation that allows us to do a thorough exam if the pupils are average in size. Dilated pupils could remain sensitive to light for a few hours after your visit, but we try to avoid that inconvenience when possible.
· What if I need glasses or want contact lenses?
We will make getting your first (or next) pair of glasses easy and fun. The doctor will pass on instructions to our eye care selection specialists and they will guide you in selecting your eyewear. If you prefer contact lenses, a fitting visit will be scheduled to allow you a first hand experience with contacts. With improvement today's contact lens designs, most people can be fitted successfully and easily.