Eye Exams in Seattle, WA
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What Are Eye Exams?
Simple vision tests are routine to most people. Children are given these tests at school, and employees are often required to take them for work purposes. Acuity tests are also required when applying for a driver's license. Nevertheless, passing a vision assessment doesn't guarantee your eyes are free of any eye disease. A visual acuity test doesn't offer a complete look at your overall ocular health. For this reason, receiving a thorough eye exam regularly is extremely important.
At SPEX, comprehensive eye evaluations include multiple important testing methods that enable our optometrist, Dr. Scott Campbell, to examine your complete eye health. This is particularly important since many dangerous, vision-threatening issues, like macular degeneration, won't produce any early symptoms.
It is extremely important to visit an eye doctor if it has been longer than 24 months since your last comprehensive eye assessment or if you have had any problems with your eyes or acuity. Stay on top of your ocular health by scheduling biennial appointments at our Seattle, WA office.
Who Is A Candidate For Eye Exams?
Receiving complete eye exams on a consistent schedule is important for all adults and children. This applies even if you haven't had any indications of a problem. People who are over 18 and below 40 years of age need to get their eyes assessed every second year. Men and women who have reached their 40s or older should schedule eye health exams approximately every 2 – 4 years. In-depth eye assessments can also identify other major yet treatable medical issues, like injury to the retina, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Parents should also remember that it's especially important to set up comprehensive eye exams for their school-age daughters and sons. Experts have told us that 25% of students have a vision concern. As stated by the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first ocular evaluations as they near six months old. They ought to be examined again right before going to school. Experts suggest that students have their eyes examined every second year, even if they appear to have wonderful vision. Regular eye checks are particularly important because of the recent major increase in nearsightedness (myopia). This increase is the result of students using computers, tablets, and phones at an unprecedented rate.
Eye Exams Reviews
The optometrist has (innovative) excellent communication skills. I felt really confident with his advice and prescription. The two staff members made for a comfortable, memorable experience and I will definitely return for my next eye exam.
Quick easy eye exam. Clear explanation, super nice glass frame selections.
Dr. Campbell and his team are first-rate in every way! My wife deals with iritis frequently due to her ankilosing spondylitis and he always gets things under control quickly, and is available by phone whenever she needs. I recently went in for an eye exam and he got me dialed in for a pair of progressive lenses. Can't recommend him enough!!
Best eye care specialist in Seattle! I called to get my crooked eyeglasses fixed on the same day, and they were able to fit me into their schedule very easily. My glasses were not purchased at Spex, but they still fixed my glasses free of charge! The two women who helped me were the sweetest and kindest employees! I will definitely be getting my next eye exam done at Spex.
I have been seeing Dr. Cambell for over 20 years! He is professional and friendly and makes eye exams easy and fun! I would highly recommend him for any of your optometry needs!
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What to Expect from Eye Exams
On the day of your exam, please bring your contact lenses and eyeglasses, along with an accurate list of any prescription and OTC medications you are using. The majority of eye assessments at SPEX take about 30 – 90 minutes. Your evaluation will begin with a routine visual acuity test to find out how sharp your vision is. If the eye chart test indicates that you need corrective lenses, the optometrist will usually follow it with refraction testing to measure what your refractive prescription should be. For refraction testing, we use a view-finder type device to let us know which images you see as clear or hazy.
After this, we will do a visual field test, sometimes called a Goldmann visual field exam, which tells us the extent of your peripheral vision and helps in finding certain other eye conditions. Next, we might look at how well your eyes work together with a cover test. As the name indicates, we cover your eyes separately and have you stare at a specific area, which allows us to see the way your eyes focus. We might also ask you to hold your head still and follow a small light using only your eyes. Next, we will usually perform a test that spots color vision limitations and aids in identifying other eye conditions. Lastly, we will do a slit lamp exam to obtain a magnified, full-aspect 3D view of the observable parts of your eyes, including the upper and lower lids, conjunctiva, cornea, iris, and lenses.
It is especially beneficial to widen the pupils with eye drops to completely assess the health of the retina, retinal blood vessels, optic nerve, and the macula, as well as to test for glaucoma. Your doctor may dilate your pupils for more tests, depending on your age and the primary reason for your exam.
Ensure A Lifetime of Good Vision
People often neglect their ocular health until a vision problem occurs, but the health of the eyes goes beyond having clear vision. We invite you to schedule comprehensive eye exams for yourself and your family with our team in Seattle, WA. SPEX uses innovative technologies and techniques to thoroughly examine your eyes and catch any issues before they become a larger issue.
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Eye Exams FAQs
Can an eye exam detect other health problems or diseases?
Eye exams can be used as a way to screen for health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes. The primary purpose of an eye exam, however, is to check the structure and function of your eyes. Also, if you contact SPEX concerning general eye discomfort or vision problems, we can help identify the reason for the pain or ailment.
How often should I get a comprehensive eye exam?
At SPEX, Dr. Campbell recommends that people between the ages of 18 - 40 get a comprehensive eye exam every 2 – 4 years. For those 40 and older, exams should be conducted every two years if you don’t wear contacts or glasses. If you do wear glasses or contacts or have an eye condition like glaucoma or cataracts, exams should be annual.
What does dilation mean?
Dilation involves placing drops in your eyes that cause your pupils to widen so that Dr. Campbell or a member of his team can get a better view of the back of your eye. We can check for diseases such as glaucoma at our Seattle, WA facility. Most comprehensive eye exams include dilation, but it depends on each individual patient and their symptoms.