Eye Exams with Our Optometrist in Spring TX
Here at our optometry practice in Spring TX, we believe in the importance of regular eye exams for everyone. However, we know that not everyone understands why this is necessary or what happens at an eye exam. Urban Eyes offers comprehensive eye exams for people of all ages, including children and seniors.
Vision Screenings vs. Eye Exams
It is common for schools and other facilities to offer vision screening. However, vision screening is not the same as an eye exam. During a vision screening, the only thing that is tested is visual acuity, which is the ability to make out a shape or letter at a given distance. However, there are many other important things to consider, such as whether the eyes work well together, can track movement, or are showing signs of disease.
What a Comprehensive Eye Exam Covers
Unlike a vision screening, a comprehensive eye exam looks for problems in all aspects of your visual health:
- Visual acuity
- Visual movement, such as tracking and teaming
- Refraction assessment
- Disease screening
Visual acuity is whether or not you can see 20/20. Problems related to the eyes being able to smoothly track movement, skip from word to word on the page, or work together, are relatively common and under-diagnosed in children.
A refraction assessment is how your prescription is determined if you need vision correction. Disease screening involves a few different steps, all designed to look for early stages of conditions that can cause you to lose sight in the future if left untreated.
What to Expect at an Eye Exam
Eye exams do not have to be scary or mysterious! A comprehensive eye exam looks for problems using a variety of tests:
- Eye charts are used to test visual acuity
- Color charts are used to check color perception
- Our optometrist will watch you follow a moving object with your eyes
- A refraction is performed using a phoropter, a machine with a series of lenses inside it.
- Either a small puff of air or a device that is placed on your eye after numbing drops are used measures the pressure inside your eyes
- Special drops that dilate your pupils allow the doctor to see inside your eyes while using a slit lamp to look for signs of disease
After an eye exam, you may need to wear sunglasses until your pupils return to normal. However, there should be no other lasting effects.
Contact Urban Eyes for a Comprehensive Eye Exam Today
Both adults and children should receive comprehensive eye exams on a regular basis. Kids and adults should see the optometrist every 1-2 years, and seniors should come in annually. Our optometry practice is located in Spring, TX and can be reached by calling (281) 655-9595 to make an appointment today!