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What is the typical procedure for an eye exam?



Eye exams are by far the most common procedures that most eye doctors will perform. This process is quick, easy, and completely painless, making it worth getting your eyes checked if you haven’t done so for a long time. Many people feel nervous before they attend an appointment like this, but there really isn’t anything to worry about. To give you an idea of how smooth your eye exam can be, this article will be exploring the procedure that you will go through when you want to stop by for an eye examination.


Making An Appointment


You will need to make an appointment with your eye doctor before you can attend an eye exam with them. Many eye doctors have long waiting lists, making it well worth looking for offices like Fresh Pond Eye Care that will be able to book you in quickly. It’s never a bad idea to take a little bit of time out of school or work to make sure that you have time for your appointment.


Attending Your Exam


Arriving a few minutes early will be a good idea, and you will usually need to approach the front desk to get signed in before waiting for your eye doctor to be ready for you. You may have some paperwork to fill out prior to the start of your eye exam.


You will be welcomed into a private space with a range of equipment and tools. While this may look a little intimidating at first, absolutely nothing that an eye doctor will use on an appointment like this will cause pain or discomfort. Some of the most common eye exam elements can be found below.


  • Glaucoma Screening: Your eye doctor will perform a simple test to measure the pressure inside your eyes.

  • Refraction Test: This is the most widely-known eye doctor test, and it consists of a range of lenses placed in front of the patient’s eyes while they read letters of different sizes from a board. A glasses or contact lens prescription will be generated based on these results - if they are necessary.

  • Ocular Health Examination: Your eye doctor will look at your eyes through a microscope to ensure they are healthy. Your eye doctor may also take photographs of the back of your eye, or dilate your pupils to ensure the health of your retina.



As you can see, the procedure that you will go through in your eye exam are non-invasive and painless. Your eye doctor may want to perform more tests if they think something is wrong with your eyes, but these tests will be equally as easy to go through.


A Useful Consultation


Once your eye exam is over, you will have the chance to discuss the state of your eyes with your eye doctor. They may suggest that you get glasses or contact lenses, and you will be able to discuss what options may best serve your daily visual needs. Alongside this, though, they may also be able to give you advice on how to maintain your general eye health with your lifestyle choices.


Eye exams are common procedures that are far from unpleasant. Here at Fresh Ponds Eye Care, we pride ourselves on providing a friendly and welcoming service, and we’re sure that you will enjoy your time with our professional eye doctor.


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