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How will an eye doctor perform eye examination without refraction?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Two different things: A comprehensive eye evaluation should include a refraction, but it is not always essential. Refraction measures whether the eye is near- or farsighted, or has astigmatism. These conditions are not considered medical problems and correcting them alone does not rule out someone having other diseases in the eye. If a patient has a specific problem, refraction may be avoided altogether.

Answered 3/5/2013

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