Eye Doctor Appointment

Don’t skip your annual eye doctor visit because you think you can see just  fine. Eye exams aren’t only for people with poor vision. They're an important way to find eye problems before symptoms show up. Your eye doctor can also catch other problems, like diabetes, early on.

If it's been more than a few years since your last visit, or if you've never had one, it’s time get one on the calendar now (Book an Appointment).

What Should I Bring?

  • Your glasses or contacts (if you wear them). Ask if you should stop wearing your contacts for a few days before the visit.
  • A list of any health conditions or allergies
  • A list of all medications and supplements you take
  • A list of any specific questions you have about your eye health
  • Your medical insurance information. Most policies don’t cover routine eye care, but if there is a diagnosis, such as dry eyes or glaucoma, you might get coverage. Vision insurance will cover some routine eye care, but most ophthalmologists don’t take part in these plans.

What Happens During the Visit?

After you fill out new-patient paperwork, you'll go to the exam room to meet the doctor. The exact type of exam will vary. But here are some things you can expect:

  • Patient history. We will ask about your general health and any family history of eye diseases.
  • Vision tests. Our doctor will check your close and distance vision. You'll read from charts of random letters. We may also test other aspects of your vision like your ability to see in 3-D, your side vision (called peripheral vision), and color perception.
  • Tonometry . This is a test for glaucoma. The will measure the pressure with a puff of air or a device called a tonometer.