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How will an eye doctor perform eye examination without refraction?
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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