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Vision Screening vs. Comprehensive Eye Exam

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Is there a difference between these types of eye exams?

Many people believe that stopping in at their local pharmacy for a vision screening is the same as having their yearly eye exam. Sadly, this is a mistake that can be risky for your vision! You may walk out of the store knowing your eyeglasses prescription, but a vision screening will not give you any insight into the health of your eyes. Similarly, a vision screening done in school for children won’t reveal the presence of many eye conditions that can interfere with learning.

To see all that you and your children have to gain from a comprehensive eye exam, book an appointment with our Washington, D.C.. We provide precise, detailed eye exams at Washington Eye Doctors.

Look at the difference between a vision screening and comprehensive eye exam

What is a vision screening?

A vision screening is very basic, typically done by someone who is not a specially trained eye care professional, such as a nurse or DMV worker. Simple no-frills and low-tech testing equipment is used, including letter and number charts. It is a relatively short eye exam that can find the presence of a vision problem - which usually indicates a need to visit your eye doctor for a more thorough examination.

How should you relate to passing a vision screening? Think about it like when your doctor measures your blood pressure. It could be in the normal parameters, but that doesn’t rule out all health problems. It’s just information about one specific aspect of your overall health. To evaluate your total health, you need a complete physical check-up. In other words, both kids and adults can pass a vision screening but still have significant problems with their eye health and vision.

What is a comprehensive eye exam at our Washington, D.C. eye care center?

You’re in good hands when you come to Washington Eye Doctors for a comprehensive eye exam! Our optometrists are highly skilled and experienced, and we use specialized advanced technologies to ensure the most accurate results possible. The eye exam will last between 30 minutes to an hour. Key procedures include checking visual acuity, dilation to check eye health, tonometry, and binocular vision testing.

Usually, we’ll begin by asking for an overview of your general health, eye history, medications, and family eye history. These facts about who you are will help us to personalize your eye exam to address your unique condition. Then, your eyes will be dilated so our eye doctor can see an optimal view of your inner eye structures. In addition to the signs of ocular disease, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts, an eye exam can also spot many diseases way before they cause symptoms elsewhere in your body.

We’ll look for any signs of disease or abnormality. With patients of all ages, particularly children, our eye doctor will also pay close attention to the different parts of functional vision, such as eye teaming, focusing skills, and hand-eye coordination. When these problems are left untreated, children can suffer from a range of learning difficulties. That’s a good reason why comprehensive eye exams – which involve so much more than a vision screening – are essential at all ages!

Customized comprehensive eye exams in Washington, D.C.

You are unique and so are your eyes! That’s why our eye doctors will design your eye exam to satisfy your vision and ocular health needs, considering factors such as your age, any visual complaints, health issues, and lifestyle requirements.

At Washington Eye Doctors, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 202-335-5032 or book an appointment online to see one of our Washington, D.C. eye doctors.

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