Your Eye Exam

By looking into your eyes, your optometrist can tell a lot about your general health. Regular eye exams are part of a healthy lifestyle. Take this short quiz to help enhance your knowledge of how eye examinations can help save your vision. Healthy Eyes help make a Healthy Person.

  1. An optometrist can detect many chronic diseases during a comprehensive eye exam.
    • True Changes to the retina, optic nerve and blood vessels can indicate the presence of eye-related diseases like glaucoma and cataracts, and more general health problems like diabetes and hypertension.
  2. Many of the diseases an optometrist can detect during a comprehensive eye exam are controllable or treatable.
    • True Resources to treat glaucoma, diabetes and many eye conditions are available. Often, an optometrist can treat these conditions or refer patients to the appropriate specialist.
  3. Everyone should get an eye exam every two years.
    • False Eyes change with age just like the body does. That is why different age groups and situations require different examination schedules. An optometrist may recommend more frequent visits for patients with specific problems or risk factors. People who currently wear contacts or glasses should have their eyes checked once a year.
  4. A dilated eye exam is a part of a comprehensive eye exam.
    • True In addition to a dilated eye exam, a comprehensive eye exam includes tests for visual acuity, eye muscle movements and balance testing, pupil tests, visual fields and prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses.
  5. Comprehensive eye exams are never covered by Medicare.
    • False Medicare covers medically prescribed eye exams for patients with diabetes, glaucoma and other conditions. Medicare, however, does not cover the expenses of a refractive or routine eye exam.
  6. A good score on a driving test indicates a healthy eye.
    • False A driver's vision test looks for aspects of visual acuity and visual fields. However, it does not look for ocular health, eye muscle movements and eye balance. A driver's test cannot be considered an adequate substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.
  7. A dilated pupil returns to normal size by the end of the exam.
    • False A pupil can take hours to return to normal size after dilation.
  8. Patients should bring dark sunglasses to a comprehensive eye exam.
    • True Exposure to bright light while the pupil is dilated can cause retinal burning. Patients often feel more comfortable wearing dark sunglasses after a comprehensive eye exam until the pupil returns to its normal size.
  9. There are few side effects to a comprehensive eye exam.
    • True Comprehensive eye exams are relatively painless and pose minimal risk to eye or vision health. Optometrists should be alerted to allergies and medications being used by a patient prior to a comprehensive eye exam.
  10. Many Americans with sight- and life-threatening diseases like diabetes and glaucoma do not know they have the disease.
    • True Over a third of all those with diabetes do not know that they have the disease. Many other serious eye diseases, like glaucoma, do not have many perceptible symptoms and cause irreversible damage to vision and overall health. A dilated, comprehensive eye exam allows an optometrist to look deep into a patient's eye, and screen for these serious diseases. Proper diagnosis and treatment can often preserve vision.