Regular eye exams are an important part of protecting your vision health. During an eye exam, your doctor can catch problems with your eyes in their early stages, when they are most treatable. If you have an eye exam with Dr. Lucy of Eye Luv Lucy scheduled, you probably have a few questions about what to expect. Eye exams vary from patient to patient, depending on needs. For instance, if you have diabetes, your eye exam may include a screening for diabetic retinopathy. Here is an overview of some of the most common parts of an eye exam.
Eye Muscle Movement Test
The eye muscle movement test is designed to make sure your eyes are aligned. To perform this test, your eye doctor will ask you to visually track a target in different directions. As you track the item, the eye doctor will note how your eye moves. A related test is the cover test, which determines how well your eyes work together. Your doctor will ask you to focus on an object and then cover each eye individually while you stay focused on the target.
Using a slit lamp, or biomicroscope, your eye doctor can light up the front part of your eye. This is done to examine the cornea, lens, iris, and anterior chamber of the eye. The slit lamp allows your doctor to diagnose a range of vision disorders and diseases of the eye.
Visual Acuity Test
The visual acuity test is what most people picture when they think of an eye exam. This test involves a chart of letters that get smaller on each line. When you schedule an exam with Dr. Lucy, she will ask you to read lines on the chart using one eye at a time to determine how strong your vision is. The visual acuity test is an important part of determining your prescription for glasses or contacts.