Routine eye and vision exams are vital parts of staying healthy. Eye exams allow doctors to check for eye health and functioning issues. Exams can also help detect refractive errors and other vision problems that may require corrective eyewear. At Legacy Optical, our optometrists provide regular eye exams in addition to a variety of other eye care services. Our team will determine if you need treatment for any eye conditions. We want to keep your eye health and vision at their best.
When to Get an Eye Exam
Most adults and children should undergo a comprehensive eye exam after every 1-2 years. Individuals with a high probability of contracting eye diseases or vision problems may need to get exams more regularly. You may be at higher risk of eye health issues if you belong in these categories:
- If you are of African or Hispanic descent
- Individuals above sixty years of age
- You are overweight or obese
- If you have ever experienced an eye injury, eye surgery, or eye damage from a stroke
- Possess a family history of eye diseases
- Live with lifestyle diseases like diabetes
- Wear glasses or contact lenses
Although certain people are more at risk, it is important for everyone to get annual eye exams to avoid issues.
What to Expect during an Eye Exam
After our eye doctor looks into your overall health and family medical history, we will do various tests to assess your vision and other tests to evaluate your eye health.
Our optometrist will shine a light on your pupil during an eye exam to see how it dilates (widens). We will also assess the movement of your eyes, their focus, and how they work together as a team. Some of the standard tests undertaken during an eye exam include:
- Visual acuity: Your eye doctor asks you to read letters on an eye chart (a Snellen chart) from a distance. You'll close one eye at a time. We might also use a phoropter, which has several lenses to assist you in reading the letters.
- Automated refraction: Our optometrists use an autorefractor to measure visual acuity in young children and adults struggling with communication. An autorefractor shines light into the eye and measures the eye's response.
- Visual field: To evaluate your peripheral vision, your eye doctor holds up a finger or an object and gradually moves it from one side of your face to another to detect your full range of motion. Some optometrists use a computer program.
- Color vision test: To scout for color blindness (color deficiency), your eye doctor will show you a series of images with colored dots. Concealed among the dots are numbers possessing different colors. Patients having color deficiency may not be able to see the numbers.
- Corneal topography: Our optometrists employ a computer program to create a "map" of your cornea. You look at an object, and the computer takes thousands of images of your cornea. This test can manifest a curvature of the cornea (astigmatism).
Visit Our Optometrists for an Eye Exam
Getting routine eye exams is just as important as an annual physical. At Legacy Optical in Hampton Bays, NY, our team will ensure that your eyes are healthy. We provide glasses and contacts if you have a refractive error. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have. Call us today to schedule an appointment.