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What Can I Expect at my Next Eye Exam?


Comprehensive eye exams in Seattle, WA are an important part of maintaining your ocular health. Children and adults alike benefit from these appointments, which can catch vision problems early on and prevent more serious issues down the road. Whether you need a routine check-up or have specific concerns, our team at SPEX is here to help.

Below, optometrist Dr. Scott Campbell provides an overview of what to expect at your next eye exam. We also discuss common tests that may be performed during your appointment.

What tests are performed during an eye exam?

Eye exams at SPEX take about 30 – 90 minutes based on the age of the patient and the complexity of their case. Dr. Campbell may start with a review of your medical history so we understand any factors that may impact your vision. We then perform the following tests in Seattle, WA:

  • Visual acuity: Our eye chart can test how well you see at various distances. We can determine if you need corrective lenses based on the results.
  • Refraction: SPEX uses a special tool called a view-finder to measure how light entering your eye is being focused – this helps us understand your prescription.
  • Visual field test (Goldmann visual field exam): We evaluate your peripheral vision to check for more serious conditions like glaucoma.
  • Cover test: Dr. Campbell covers your eyes separately and asks you to stare at a specific area. We can test for specific issues based on how well your eyes focus.
  • Slit lamp exam: This test allows us to obtain a full 3D view of your upper and lower eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, iris, and lenses.

Is dilating my pupils necessary?

We may recommend dilation as part of a comprehensive eye exam. Dilation helps us get a clear view of the back of the eye (retina), so we can assess your ocular health and check for signs of damage or disease. Your eyes may be temporarily sensitive to light after dilation, but this typically goes away after a few hours. Rest assured that there is no pain associated with dilation.

Why are eye exams important?

Today, children and young adults are more reliant than ever on computers, tablets, and phones. Some studies show that this has caused an increase in nearsightedness or the inability to focus on faraway objects. This can cause serious vision problems or lead to issues with school if left untreated.

For adults, routine eye exams allow us to catch eye-related conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy early on. Our tools also identify serious yet treatable medical issues like high blood pressure and diabetes.

What to bring to your eye exam

Preparing for an eye exam is an important part of the process. Parents should bring their child's medical records, including any vision problems that have been diagnosed in the past. For adults, it is helpful to have a family history and a list of current medications on hand. Bring any glasses or contact lenses to your appointment.

Schedule your next eye exam

Regular eye exams are not just about getting new eyewear. They are an important part of maintaining your ocular health. Optometrist Dr. Scott Campbell is dedicated to providing comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages in Seattle, WA.

Schedule your next appointment at SPEX by giving us a call today. We hope to have covered everything you need to know about eye exams, but if not, don't hesitate to reach out with questions.

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