During your eye exam
The first part of your eye exam is a detailed history which includes questions about your vision, whether your eyes bother you in any way, health conditions, medications, allergies, and family history of eye diseases. Your vision will be checked with and without glasses (if you wear glasses) and the eye muscle alignment of your eyes will be assessed. Your depth perception (stereopsis) and colour vision may also be tested. A subjective refraction is performed to determine your current prescription for eyeglasses (and contact lenses, if necessary). The most important part of a comprehensive eye exam is checking the health of the eyes for diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. For most adults, this test will be done after drops are instilled in your eyes to dilate your pupils. Because of the pupil dilation, we recommend that you bring your sunglasses for driving (some patients may prefer to bring someone to drive home following the dilating drops).
Following your eye exam, the findings will be discussed with you and recommendations may be made based on the results of the tests performed during your eye exam. You will be given a chance to ask any questions you may have about your eyes and findings during your eye examination. We encourage asking questions!