Comprehensive Eye Exam vs. Vision Screening

Comprehensive Eye Exam vs. Vision Screening

Comprehensive Eye Exams vs Vision Screening

How is a comprehensive eye and vision examination different from a vision screening?

Specialized equipment and procedures, which are not available as part of a vision screening program, are needed to adequately evaluate your eyes and vision.

A comprehensive eye and vision examination can only be conducted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, who has the specialized training needed to make a definitive diagnosis and prescribe treatment. In addition, a comprehensive adult eye and vision examination includes:

Patient and family health history

Visual acuity measurement

Preliminary tests of visual function and eye health including depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision and response of the pupils to light

Assessment of refractive status to determine the presence of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism

Evaluation of eye focusing, eye teaming and eye movement abilities

Eye health examination

*Additional tests as needed

Vision screening programs can't substitute for regular professional vision care. Periodic eye and vision examinations are needed to fully evaluate eye health and vision.

Even if a child or adult passes a vision screening, they shouldn't assume that they don't have an eye health or vision problem. Professional examinations are the only effective way to confirm or rule out the presence of any eye disease or vision problem. Just like a complete physical is needed to evaluate total health, only a comprehensive eye and vision examination can evaluate your overall eye health and vision status.

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