What Is An Eye Care Appointment Like?

Most routine eye appointments typically check three things:


Many routine appointments at eyecarecenter take less than an hour! However, remember that time could vary depending on your condition.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

Getting Contacts and Glasses

eyecarecenter carries popular glasses brands in-office, and we also offer trial contacts for most prescriptions right at your appointment.* Walk out with everything you need!

* Each office has trial contacts in-office, but some trials may need to be special ordered. A substitute pair may be available while waiting for the trial to arrive. Contact lens supplies are available for pickup in-office or shipped to your home at no additional charge. Ask your optician for details. 

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Common Eye Tests

That chart hasn’t changed!

  1. Visual Acuity and Refraction. Visual acuity means how well you see, and at what distances. Your eye doctor uses a standard eye chart to test your visual acuity. He or she will also use a medical device called a phoropter, which puts a series of lenses of different prescriptions in front of your eyes to measure how clearly you see through them. These two tests will help your doctor determine whether you need a prescription, and which one.
  2. Slit Lamp Exam. With a special microscope and light, your doctor will check the inside of your eye for problems like cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
  3. Tonometry. This test was previously known as the “puff test” but no longer! First, your eye doctor will use an eye drop to temporarily numb your eyes. Then, he or she will use a puff of air to measure the inner pressure of the eye. Doing this helps identify your risk for developing glaucoma, and early detection is key to successful treatment.