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Eye Doctor Appointment: What to Expect

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You’ve seen a primary care physician many times, but what about an optometrist? With a doctor of optometry (O.D.) degree, an optometrist is an eye doctor who can treat problems with your eyes and vision. 


Whenever you come to a For Eyes optical store for an eye exam, you’ll see an Independent Doctor of Optometry, otherwise known as an optometrist. This eye doctor can perform a clinical examination of the eyes and ensure you go home with the right vision correction. 


Here’s a glimpse of what to expect at your eye doctor appointment. 

What to Expect at Your Eye Doctor Appointment

Depending on why you wish to get your vision checked, what will happen at your eye appointment can vary. You’ll often start by handing your insurance information to one of our friendly eye professionals at the front desk. From there, you’ll await the optometrist, who will escort you to an eye exam room once available. 


Here’s what else to expect at an eye doctor appointment:

Types of Eye Tests

The Independent Doctor of Optometry will use a combination of eye examination tests to conduct the best clinical examination of the eyes. These may include a(n):


  • Vision Test: highlights refractive errors
  • Pupil Test: monitors your pupils’ reaction to lighting changes
  • Eye Movement Test: observes how your eyes function together and apart
  • “Puff-of-Air” Test: examines your eye pressure
  • Slit Lamp Exam: magnifies your vision to provide a better look at the eye anatomy
  • Dilated Pupillary Exam: assesses the eye fundus or retina for eye disease symptoms


If your eye doctor notices any signs of serious medical issues, they may use additional tests. And if you’re interested in wearing contact lenses vs. glasses, they’ll likely perform corneal topography (outlines details about your cornea) and a tear film evaluation (shows how much moisture your eyes produce), in addition to the eye tests above. 


When going in for the eye tests, we recommend having notes on your family’s medical history and any vision loss symptoms. That information will give the eye doctor more to go on during the eye exam and ensure you get a full diagnosis. 

A Comprehensive Eye Exam vs. a Routine Eye Exam

A comprehensive eye exam can last up to an hour and a half, giving the eye doctor plenty of time to evaluate the overall condition of your eyes. For those who have severe eyesight issues, you’ll need this type of eye exam.


However, if you’re having minor vision issues and only need to check on your prescription, a routine eye exam may be sufficient. It’s also shorter. Just keep in mind that routine eye exams are not for diagnosing eye diseases, so if you suspect you have one, your eye doctor will need to do a comprehensive optical evaluation.


In both types of eye exams, the eye doctor may ask questions, such as:


  • What’s your biggest issue with your vision?
  • How much screen time do you get every day?
  • Do your eyes hurt when you use a computer?
  • Does your vision ever get blurry during a specific activity?

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Summary: Things to Know About Eye Exams

At For Eyes, we strive to make our eye exams as straightforward as possible. Here’s what you should know about your appointment: 


  • The optometrist will use multiple eye tests to see how your vision has changed since your last visit. Some of the tests, such as a slit lamp exam, can pinpoint whether you’re on the verge of developing an eye disease.
  • The eye doctor will inquire about any problems you’ve had with your vision.
  • The eye appointment may last up to an hour and a half, depending on the type of eye exam.


Do you have any other questions about what to expect at your eye doctor appointment? Please feel free to call your local For Eyes. Our eye care team would love to help. 


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