Routine Eye Exams
Many people, adults and children alike, require vision correction to see properly. However, that’s just one reason why you should get regular eye exams. Your eye doctor can detect the earliest signs of many common eye diseases and disorders, which can protect your vision in the long term.
Get the state-of-the-art eye exams you need to maintain healthy, crystal-clear vision by visiting a South Florida Vision optometry location near you. We have dozens of locations in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties.
Diagnostic Tests for Your Eye Care Health
Our comprehensive eye exams test your visual clarity, eye tracking, and focusing skills. We can detect a wide range of eye problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, amblyopia (lazy eye), crossed eyes, dyslexia, and color blindness.
Your vision will be carefully evaluated and appropriate treatment prescribed, such as medication, lenses, or vision therapy.
Most diagnostic eye tests take as little as a few minutes to perform and are often incorporated into routine eye exams. Diagnostic eye tests available at South Florida Vision offices, depending on your needs, include:
Visual acuity tests are the ones you typically think of when you think of an eye exam: charts of letters or numbers that you are asked to read to determine the clarity of your vision from specific distances.
These tests measure your ability to perceive different colors. The color plate test is the most common. It involves looking at a series of circles consisting of dots of various colors. A number or shape in a particular color should be apparent in each circle. If you are unable to see the figure, it may indicate you have some level of color blindness.
This assessment by your eye doctor happens so quickly, you may not even be aware your eyes were being examined. As one eye is covered, your doctor will examine the uncovered eye to identify any correcting movement in its fixation. This may indicate a misalignment with the eyes, which can be present at birth or may develop later in life. It takes just seconds to complete.
Ocular motility tests are a standard, yet very important, test that examines the ability of your eyes to track movement. Your doctor will hold an object in front of you and move it from side to side, then up and down. You will remain still but follow the object with your eyes. It tests your eye muscle functioning and is used to detect a number of eye conditions, including nystagmus (shaking eyes), misalignment, amblyopia (lazy eye), and double vision.
Depth perception is what allows you to accurately gauge three-dimensional distance in order to understand how quickly an object might be moving toward you, for example. A stereopsis test assesses how your eyes work together to do this.
The test is conducted by showing slightly different images to each eye. When your depth perception is good, you will see a single, unified image. The test is typically conducted by asking you to wear 3D glasses, looking at patterns, and identifying which seem closest to you.
Problems with depth perception may indicate eye disorders such as amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), blurry vision, nerve problems, or other issues.
This is a quick and easy test for common refractive errors – such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Because it requires only minimal cooperation from patients, it is often used with young children and infants, as well as adults with developmental disabilities.
A retinoscopy consists of your doctor moving a lighted instrument from side to side and up and down in front of the eye. Your doctor examines how the light is being reflected from the back of the eye, and then does the same while holding lenses of different strengths in front of the patient’s eyes.
The test is done after the patient’s eyes have been dilated for the best possible view.
These devices take the guesswork out of much routine eye testing. During these tests, your chin is positioned in a chinrest while you are asked to focus on a point of light in the machine.
Autorefractors measure the extent of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism – known as refractive errors – in order to provide an accurate eyeglass or contact lens prescription. The measurement is made automatically as you look into the machine.
Aberrometers are somewhat similar, although based on a different type of technology. In addition to refractive errors, this equipment can also identify problems such as blurry vision, double vision, halos, starbursts, loss of contrast, and other visual aberrations.
Both autorefractors and aberrometers are highly accurate, in addition to being easy-to-use and convenient for patients and doctors alike.
This is a special type of lighted microscope your eye doctor will use during your eye exam. It is a standard component of all routine eye exams.
It allows your doctor to closely examine structures at the front of your eye, such as the cornea, iris, conjunctiva, and more. After your eyes have been dilated, it is used again to assess structures at the back of your eye, including your retina.
Eye Exam in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach & St. Lucie
Taking care of your eyes begins with regular eye exams. Get the vision care your eyes deserve from the local experts, with dozens of locations in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties. Contact the South Florida Vision optometry location nearest you or request your appointment now.