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Eye & Vision Exam FAQs

Eye & Vision Exam FAQs From Your Optometrists Near Lubbock

There is no substitute for a complete annual eye exam from your optometrists near Lubbock. Our vision center is staffed with experienced eye doctors and advanced diagnostic equipment to evaluate your eye health, your eye function, and your visual acuity or sharpness. We offer expert eye care to ensure you always have the best vision possible. Here are some common questions our vision center patients often ask:

eye and vision exam FAQs from our optometrist in lubbock

What is a Vision Exam?

A vision exam or vision screening involves the basic eye chart test, and related vision testing to detect and measure farsightedness (hyperopia), nearsightedness (myopia), astigmatism (corneal irregularities), presbyopia (age-related focusing problems) and more. These tests reveal whether your vision needs improvement, and how much correction your vision requires to achieve a normal level of sharpness and clarity.

What do my Eye Chart Test Results Mean?

If you score 20/20, that means that you're able to read letters on the eye chart from 20 feet away. The higher the second number is, the more serious your vision problem--and the more vision correction you need. We would prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery to correct your vision.

What is an Eye Exam?

The eye exam can be thought of as an “eye health” exam. Our eye doctors evaluate your eye structure, health, and function. We look at and measure characteristics like eye pressure, peripheral vision, eye tracking, teaming and coordination, depth perception, and other aspects of the eyes.

What are Age-related Vision Problems?

In middle age, most people develop presbyopia, a refractive error that happens as the cornea (your natural eye lens) gradually stiffens so that it cannot refocus easily from near to far or far to near. Reading glasses are a common solution to this vision problem. Other age-related eye health problems (conditions that develop and/or worsen with age) include glaucoma (high eye pressure), macular degeneration (deterioration of the central retina) and cataracts (protein buildup clouding the eye lens). 

What Occurs during an Eye and Vision Examination at the Lubbock Vision Center?

Eye tests and measurement may include:

  • Eye chart test
  • Eye movement test (checking your ability to follow an object and focus your eyes)
  • Eye pressure test (for glaucoma)
  • Color blindness test
  • Visual field test (looks for peripheral vision loss)
  • Pupil dilation (this relaxes the pupil so the eye doctor can look for signs of blood vessel problems, retinal tearing, bleeding and more) 
  • And more

How often do I Need an Eye Exam?

Make an appointment with your optometrist at least once a year, even if you think your eyes are perfectly healthy. You should visit our eye doctors any time you experience changes in your vision. This allows us to catch any eye disease or condition early when treatment has the greatest effect. If you have chronic health problems, such as diabetes or HBP (high blood pressure), we may recommend that you schedule eye exams more often.

Schedule Your Eye Exam With Our Optometrists Near Lubbock

Let our optometrists near Lubbock help you preserve your vision for life. Contact The VisionCenter of West Texas for a comprehensive eye exam and state-of-the-art eye care. Call us at 806-793-1927 today.