A routine physical at your doctor’s office checks your physical health. Similarly, eye exams by your eye doctor assess your eye health and ensure you have the correct prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses

Eye exams can detect a wide range of vision problems and eye diseases, some of which may have no obvious symptoms. Scheduling time for eye health examinations in Stoney Creek is as essential as physical examinations. But how long does an eye exam take?

An eye exam can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or more, depending on the type of exam and tests performed.

Why Are Eye Exams Important?

Eye exams can detect common eye conditions and diseases in their early stages to help prevent them from worsening and protect your vision. These can include refractive errors and other conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration

Your eye doctor will also check for signs of health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol that can affect your eyes.

A comprehensive adult and senior eye exam can include various tests based on an individual’s history, symptoms, and risk of developing eye diseases:

Your eye doctor may conduct additional testing based on your results or discuss a treatment plan for vision problems.  

A senior woman getting her eyes checked at our optometry in stoney creek.

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How to Prepare for an Eye Exam?

Typically your eye doctor will discuss your health, medical history, lifestyle, and preferences before your eye exam. You don’t need to prepare for an eye exam, but here are some points to remember:

  1. Make a list of any symptoms or concerns you have about your vision. It can help the eye doctor understand what to look for during the exam.
  2. Bring your current glasses or contact lenses to the appointment, which helps your eye doctor determine if any changes are needed.
  3. If you wear contact lenses, it’s best to avoid wearing them at your appointment. 
  4. Write down any medications you are currently taking.
  5. Bring a list of any allergies or past eye conditions.
  6. Bring a pair of sunglasses for wearing after dilation, as your eyes can be more sensitive. 

The optometrists at Spectrum Eye Care are happy to answer any questions or concerns when you book your upcoming eye exam