Tue. May 21st, 2024

Can you see the odd one out in all pictures of this visual challenge? If you can, congratulations! Only 5% of the population has eyesight as good as you. Don’t forget to challenge your friends!


What is an eye exam?

During a complete eye exam, your provider takes a close look at your eyes and does several tests. Some tests check your vision and determine if you need glasses or contacts. Other tests assess your eye health and check for eye disease. An exam can help providers evaluate your overall health.

Your provider will use special equipment, instruments, and lights to look into your eyes. These tests don’t usually hurt, but they may be a little uncomfortable. With regular eye exams, your provider monitors changes in your vision, detects eye problems, and helps you keep your eyes healthy.

What’s the difference between an ophthalmologist, optometrist, and optician?

Optometrists and ophthalmologists are doctors who specialize in caring for your eyes. An eye doctor performs eye exams and diagnoses and treats eye problems. Ophthalmologists can also perform surgery to correct eye issues.

An optician helps you with corrective lenses. An optician isn’t a doctor, but they have training to help you choose eyeglass frames. They also ensure that glasses and contact lenses fit.

How often should I get my eyes checked?

Most children and adults should get a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years. People with a higher risk of eye disease or vision problems may need to get their eyes checked more often. You may need more frequent eye exams if you:

  • Are over age 60.
  • Are of African or Hispanic descent.
  • Carry extra weight or have obesity.
  • Had eye surgery, an eye injury, or eye damage from a stroke.
  • Have a family history of eye disease.
  • Have a health condition that can cause eye problems, such as diabetes.
  • Wear glasses or contact lenses.


What tests should I expect during an eye exam?

After asking about your health and family history, your provider will perform several tests. Some tests check your vision. Other tests evaluate your eye health, including the muscles and blood vessels around your eyes.