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What to Expect From Your First Eye Exam

Eye Exams with our Vestavia Hills Optometry Team

At Cahaba Ridge Eye Care, our Vestavia Hills optometry team takes great pride in offering patients in the surrounding areas with the highest standard of eye and vision care. We offer a wide range of eye and vision services, including comprehensive eye exams, right here in our office. We highly recommend eye exams at least once a year for most of our patients to stay on top of changes in corrective vision prescriptions and overall eye health. If it’s been more than a year since your last eye exam, now is a great time to schedule an appointment with our optometry team.

What to Expect From Your First Eye Exam

If it’s been awhile since your last eye exam or if this will be your first eye exam in our office, you may be wondering what to expect from your appointment. All patients who come in for eye exams will begin by having a consultation with our optometrist. During this consultation, we’ll take the time to review your medical history and get to know more about your lifestyle. We will ask some specific questions about your family medical history, as well as your current eye and vision health. Your consultation is also a great time to bring up any questions or concerns you may have about your eye health with our doctor so we can answer them or further investigate them during your appointment.

Assessing Your Visual Acuity

One important component of any comprehensive eye exam is visual acuity testing. The purpose of this testing is to determine how well you’re able to see from a distance as well as close up. Generally, this test will be performed by having you read several lines of letters from varying distances. 

Testing Your Eye Function

Assessing your eye function is another important part of an eye exam. Aside from determining how well your eyes can focus, we’ll also conduct some simple tests that will assess how well your eyes are able to adjust to changes in lighting, track objects, and view your periphery. 

Reviewing Your Overall Eye Health

In addition to checking your visual acuity and eye function, we’ll also want to make sure the exterior and internal structures of your eyes appear normal and healthy. Specifically, we may want to take a look at the retinas, corneas, and maculas to look for signs of eye disease, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. Some tests and screenings may be recommended if you have a family history of certain eye conditions, or if you fit other potential risk factors. For example, if you have a family history of glaucoma and are over the age of 60, we may encourage eye pressure testing to make sure you’re not showing any early signs of the disease.

Assessing your eye health is important because this allows us to detect early symptoms that can help us make a quick diagnosis, which in-turn increases our chances of being able to successfully treat and manage any number of eye problems.

Writing a Corrective Vision Prescription (If Needed)

If needed, we can write a corrective vision prescription at the conclusion of your appointment, and our optical team can assist you in selecting/ordering new eyeglasses or contacts before you leave. Staying up-to-date on your corrective vision prescription is important, as wearing the wrong prescription can result in headaches, migraines, and other adverse effects.

If any additional follow-up appointments or diagnostic testing is needed, we will discuss this with you before the conclusion of your appointment and give you the option to schedule these appointments before you head out.

Ready to Schedule Your Exam with Our Vestavia Hills Eye Doctor?

If you have never had an eye exam, or it’s been more than a year since your last one, our optometrist in Vestavia Hills recommends you schedule an eye exam as soon as possible. Your eye and vision health is depending on it. You can reach Cahaba Ridge Eye Care to find out more about our practice or to request your appointment with us by calling (205) 968-1995. Our optometry team looks forward to serving you with our welcoming, one-on-one approach to quality eye and vision care.

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