Most routine eye appointments typically check three things:
- Visual acuity (how clearly you can see, at what distances)
- Eye conditions (anything interrupting your ideal vision)
- Eye diseases (serious conditions that could lead to vision loss)
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
- Your vision insurance card or information. Your health insurance card often won’t cut it, since vision plans and health insurance plans are different!
- Your health insurance card. This is in case you require care that is covered under your health insurance plan — glaucoma treatment often falls in this category, for instance.
- Sunglasses. Your eyes may need dilation to increase the size of your pupil so your doctor can check for eye conditions. This procedure will blur your vision, so driving and working may be difficult without sunglasses.
- A photo I.D. Because that’s just a good idea — and also because we’ll need to identify you and make sure your vision insurance plan is really yours!
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.
Common Eye Tests
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.