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What is the difference between a comprehensive and a routine eye exam?

What is the difference between a comprehensive and a routine eye exam?

Overlap: There are many elements the same in these two categories. A routine exam might not include a dilated retinal examination and may not include scanning, visual field or other sophisticated testing. A routine exam is performed when the issues are obvious or a comprehensive exam has been done recently. You should allow more time with the ophthalmologist for a comprehensive exam. ...Read more

Dr. David Chandler
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Eye Exam (Definition)

An eye exam consists of checking the vision. If this is not normal a manifest refraction is done to determine if any glasses are needed. This is the test where the patient is asked which lens is better number one or two. Then the health of the eye is evaluated with a microscope called a slit lamp. To be able to see the back of the eye, the retina, ...Read more


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What is the difference between an eye exam for clear and colored contacts?

What is the difference between an eye exam for clear and colored contacts?

The same: You will need a refraction to determine the lens power and then an evaluation of your eye for curvature and possible options for lenses. These steps art the same whether for clear or tinted contacts. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an eye exam for clear contacts and colored contacts?

What is the difference between an eye exam for clear contacts and colored contacts?

No difference: Regardless of the type of eye wear you are getting, the examination should be the same: a dilated examination to evaluate the health of the eyes as well as a contact lens fitting (if you have not had one in a while). All contact lenses have the potential to harm the eyes if not worn properly, and part of the exam should include directions on care and wear of the contacts. ...Read more

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What is the difference between contact lens exam and annual eye exam?

What is the difference between contact lens exam and annual eye exam?

There are 3: There are three distinct services typically offered. The first is the eye exam. This determines if the eyes are healthy. The second is the refraction. This determines a glasses prescription. The third is a contact lens fitting. This determines a contact lens prescription. Generally there is a fee for each service. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a regular eye exam and a contact lens eye exam?

Eye exam: By contact lens exam, i would assume you mean a refractive check up. It will help determine whether you need contacts. However, a complete proper eye exam needs to be conducted by an ophthalmologist (an md) who can dilate your eyes and look at the actual lens and the back of the eye (retina). This should be an annual exam just like your annual physical. ...Read more

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Can opthamologists tell the difference between hyaline cendensation and vitreous bodies and eye floaters w/dilated eye exam? Same prognosis for both?

Can opthamologists tell the difference between hyaline cendensation and vitreous bodies and eye floaters w/dilated eye exam? Same prognosis for both?

A dilated exam can: Differentiate between a vitreous floater, vitreous detachment and hyaloid opacification. The etiology (cause) for these entities can vary and thus patient history is important. The prognosis can also be variable depending upon the diagnosis and cause of each entity listed. For example, hyaloid pathology could be secondary to inflammation and carries a different set of issues. A good dilated is rec. ...Read more

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How do a comprehensive eye exam and a routine eye exam differ?

How do a comprehensive eye exam and a routine eye exam differ?

Less detailed: In many practices a routine eye exam will be a brief exam that does not include a detailed exam of all of the parts of the eye. In addition there is typically no discussion of any medical issues associated with the eye. ...Read more

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Contact lens eye exam over just a normal eye exam. Is there such a difference?

Contact lens eye exam over just a normal eye exam. Is there such a difference?

Yes: Since everyone does not wear contact lenses, evaluation of a contact lens wearer involves more information to be assessed; lens power adjustment, fit, cleanliness, corneal health , etc. ...Read more

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When I go to my eye exam, does it make a difference if I only a little bit of sleep or have tired eyes?

When I go to my eye exam, does it make a difference if I only a little bit of sleep or have tired eyes?

It should not matter: If you are exhausted, you may not be able to concentrate enough to see the smallest letters on the eye chart, but generally your overall examination should not be affected by your lack of sleep. ...Read more

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