At Sharpe Optometry in London, Ontario, our optometrists offer comprehensive eye exams to check the quality of your vision and your eye health.
It is important for adults to have comprehensive eye exams done at least once a year, to check for eye health problems, or to establish whether vision is impaired. Eye exams typically last for about 20 - 30 minutes. During this time, the following will take place:
Review of History & Symptoms
Before the examination begins, your optometrist will review your general and eye health history, and ask you if you've experienced any changes in these respects since your previous visit.
If you have made your appointment for a specific reason other than a routine check up, your optometrist will discuss your symptoms with you.
During this discussion, you will also be asked about your previous eyeglass and/or contact lens prescriptions, and whether you participate in any activities (such as sports or hobbies) that may have an impact of the health of your eyes.
Next, the optometrist will carefully examine your eyes, inside and out.
The inside of your eyes will be examined using a ophthalmoscope. This is a special flashlight that shines light through your pupil, thereby allowing your optometrist to to study the internal structures of your eyes in detail.
Your optometrist will also test the reflexes of your eyes during this portion of the appointment.
It is important to remember to bring your glasses or contact lenses along with you to your appointment so that your optometrist can measure your vision both with and without your glasses or lenses.
During your vision test, your optometrist will assess your
- Distance Vision - for watching television, or driving,
- Near Vision - for reading and other close work, such as knitting,
- Intermediate Vision - for activities like computer use.
Your optometrist will perform a series of tests to determine if you are experiencing vision impairment of any kind, and the extent of the issue. You will be asked to choose which of a variety of lenses you can see through best, in order to determine the clarity of your eyesight.
Eye Movement & Coordination
During your eye exam, your optometrist will also check the movement and coordination of your eyes.
This is done to to ensure that your eyes are working together properly, and that your eye muscles are not under stress, or imbalanced. Balance in your eye muscles is important, especially if you spend a lot of time reading or in front of a computer screen.
After Your Eye Examination
Once your examination is complete, your optometrist will discuss your eye health and vision with you, and the results of the testing. If you need medical treatment, glasses or contact lenses, you will be given a prescription, and advised when to book your next appointment.
If you have a prescription for contacts or eyeglasses, we'll help you choose the right ones for you. Sharpe Optometry offers custom contact lens fittings and a convenient on-site eyeglass dispensary to help make the process as easy for you as possible.