About Eye Exams
Having comprehensive, routine eye exams is essential for everyone. Even if you haven't noticed any problems, we still highly recommend receiving an exam. Men and women between the ages of 18 – 40 years old should have their eyes assessed every two years. Those in their 40s or beyond should have eye health evaluations every 2 – 4 years. Additionally, children should have a routine eye exam starting at six months old. If you already wear contact lenses or eyeglasses, please be sure to bring them during your exam.
At Bentz Eye Center, we perform several diagnostic exams to review your overall ocular health. This is extra important, as many serious, vision-threatening diseases, such as glaucoma, don't have any early symptoms.
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What to Expect with a Comprehensive Eye Exam
Generally, most eye assessments take about an hour to complete. Your eye evaluation will start with a routine visual acuity test to assess your eyesight and determine your prescription. Your appointment will include one or more diagnostic tests or assessments, including:
- Testing for visual acuity and visual field testing
- Testing for glaucoma with a dilated eye exam and tonometer
- Testing for macular degeneration with MPOD and the Amsler grid
- Testing for strabismus (crossed eyes) or amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Testing for color vision limitations
- Testing for diabetic retinopathy and macular edema
- Reviewing the health of your internal and external eye structures, like the upper and lower lids, conjunctiva, cornea, iris, and lenses
In some cases, patients may need their eyes dilated to review their ocular health thoroughly, such as for glaucoma. If needed, our ophthalmologist or optometrist will create a detailed treatment plan to ensure we manage and treat your condition in the best way possible.
Comprehensive Eye Exams FAQ
How often should I get a comprehensive eye exam?
At Bentz Eye Center, we recommend that people between the ages of 18 - 40 get a comprehensive eye exam every 2 - 4 years. For those 40 and older, at least every two years or every year, if you wear glasses or contacts or have an eye condition like glaucoma or cataracts. Children should begin getting routine eye exams starting at six months.
How long is a comprehensive eye exam?
Depending on whether or not an issue is discovered during your exam, most routine comprehensive eye examinations last about an hour to an hour and a half.
Does a comprehensive eye exam include dilation?
Often a comprehensive eye examination will include eye dilation; however, this is at the discretion of your doctor. During eye dilation, the doctor will put dilating drops in your eyes to enlarge the pupils allowing them to get a better view of the back of your eyes and retinas. These dilating drops help them identify vision problems and eye diseases.
Is a comprehensive eye examination the same as a routine eye exam?
No, a comprehensive eye examination is performed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist and checks the following:
- Visual acuity
- Eye health
- Depth perception
- Color vision
- Pupil response to light
A routine eye exam normally checks visual acuity for refractive errors.
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Ensure Your Eye Health
Often, patients don't think about their eye health until a vision problem develops. However, ocular health involves more than just visual acuity. We encourage you to schedule comprehensive eye exams for your entire family with our eye doctors in West Palm Beach, FL. Bentz Eye Center uses the latest technologies and tests to check your eyes so we can detect any concerns and provide treatment as soon as possible.