What to Expect at your Eye Exam

A comprehensive eye examination should occur early in life to insure proper eye and vision development. Ongoing eye health examinations at regular intervals are equally important as many eye diseases and vision changes can occur without warning signs.  Unfortunately, simple school and DMV vision screenings are often unreliable.  We recommend seeing an eye care professional for your comprehensive eye examination and have provided more information on what you can expect during your first visit below.

Why do I need a yearly exam?

Why do so many people skip their annual eye exam?  We believe it’s because they don’t know what to expect. For this reason, we feel it’s important to outline the process so you can feel comfortable knowing there’s nothing to worry about.

Upon your arrival, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our practice.  We will ask you to complete a few forms.  If you prefer to complete them in advance in the comfort of your home, the forms may be found in the New Patient Center.  This paperwork provides us with your health history and other information related to providing you with the best vision solutions.

Below, we’ve also included a list of the most commonly asked questions about coming in for an eye exam.

Why is my personal background important?

Dr. Price Kowaleski will review any current vision problems, your general health, as well as discuss your hobbies and lifestyle requirements to better tailor the examination to your needs.

What will Dr. Price do during the exam?

In addition to determining your prescription, or how well you see up close and far away, your eye examination will also check to make sure your eyes are healthy.  Dr. Price will test your color vision, depth perception, as well as check for any early indicators of possible eye disorders, such as cataracts, retinal problems and glaucoma. Ultimately, the elements of your exam will be determined by the doctor.

Why does the doctor ask me, “Which is better, one or two?”

Dr. Price Kowaleski will ask these questions during the portion of the examination when your prescription is established.  Dr. Price Kowaleski will ask you to compare a series of lenses to determine which is clearer for you.  As the differences become less noticeable, Dr. Price Kowaleski will be closer to finalizing your prescription.  For this reason, if you’re having a hard time choosing between the options, it’s a good thing!

Why is it necessary to know my blood pressure?

High blood pressure can affect the blood vessels in your eyes and can lead to future vision problems.

Why am I asked to follow a light with my eyes?

This test is used to determine how your pupils and eye muscles react and is important in assessing neurological function.

Is it necessary for the doctor to dilate my pupils during the exam?

Dr. Price Kowaleski dilates nearly all of her patients to check the health of the eye.  If there is a reason that she should not, she will make this decision during your exam. The dilation is painless process similar to opening a door so Dr. Price Kowaleski can fully exam the retina.  Dilation can also help detect diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and macular degeneration as well as retinal tears, holes and detachments.