Eye Exams in St. George

Comprehensive, Primary Eye Care for the Whole Family

Preventive and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist.

By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early, your optometrist is able to provide treatment options and, in many cases, restore vision or prevent vision loss. The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not.

Regular eye exams are crucial for maintaining optimal eye health and overall well-being. Beyond just assessing visual acuity, these exams allow our eye doctors in St. George to detect early signs of potential eye conditions and systemic health issues. Conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration can be identified in their early stages, enabling timely intervention to prevent or manage them effectively.

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What to Expect

Vision & Eye Exams

Eye Exam and Consultation

During an eye exam, your optometrist will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications your are currently taking, any blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. Your optometrist will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.

Vision Testing

Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. SouthWest Vision provides regular vision acuity tests as part of a comprehensive eye exam. Your optometrist will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, your optometrist may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.

Eye Function Testing

In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our office includes testing eye functionality. Our optometrist performs several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. Several other simple tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable your doctor to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.

Eye Health

As part of a comprehensive eye exam, our optometrists at SouthWest Vision examine the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. Your optometrist will evaluate eye health by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. After completing these short tests, your optometrist will review the results and discusses any necessary treatment options with you.