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Frequently Asked Questions about Annual Eye Exams in Columbus and Gahanna

Berk Eye Care Center believes that annual eye exams are the key to ensuring proper eye care and vision. Our four eye doctors utilize their knowledge of optometry and state-of-the-art equipment to check your eyes for visual acuity, look for diseases impairing your vision, and ascertain your risk factors for other types of diseases.

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Here are answers to the questions our Columbus and Gahanna Optometrists get most often about eye exams:

Who should have regular eye exams?

Everyone in your family should have a yearly eye exam. In children, we assess depth perception, visual acuity, crossed eyes, lazy eye, and color blindness. In adults, we look for age-related diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

How long does an eye exam take?

Depending on your overall health, current vision problems, and the tests we need to perform, we generally recommend allowing about sixty to ninety minutes for a thorough examination.

Is there any pain associated with an eye exam?

We may dilate your pupils, blow a puff of air into your eyes, examine them closely, or ask you to look into machines which examine certain eye characteristics, but there is no pain associated with any of these procedures.

What diseases can be uncovered?

The main eye conditions we look for during an eye exam include diabetic retinopathy, astigmatism, presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Other diseases which may be uncovered include heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension.

Great Eye Care Begins With Regular Eye Exams

The most common question our optometrists receive is, “What happens during an eye exam?” Here is the general process:

  • Pre-Exam Tests: An eye care technician performs a few basic tests which may include obtaining a health history, using an auto refactor to gauge your current prescription, and measuring eye pressure. The technician may check color sensitivity and peripheral vision, and perform a cover test to determine how well your eyes work together.

  • Pupillary Reactions: Our optometrist will use a light to check your pupils’ responsiveness. The doctor also checks your eye surfaces for signs of corneal scratches, dry eye, and bacterial debris.

  • Slit Lamp Test: You will look into a machine that resembles a large microscope. The doctor then shines a vertical bar of light into your eye to magnify its surface and inspect for abnormalities.

  • Visual Acuity and Refraction: You will use one or both eyes to read an eye chart containing a series of numbers and letters that gradually diminish in size. If you require corrective lenses, our doctor will utilize a large lens refractor to determine which lenses improve vision.

  • Pupil Dilation: We may use drops to expand your pupils so our doctor can closely examine your retina and optic nerve.

Contact Our Eye Doctors in Columbus & Gahanna for a Vision Exam

Berk Eye Care Center has two offices, located at 943 E Johnstown Road in Gahanna OH and at 5180 E. Main Street in Columbus OH. Call the Columbus office at (614) 866-9002 or the Gahanna office at (614) 476-2015 to set an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam today.

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