Some people hate the dentist, others hate going for physicals and still more people hate going to their optometrist for eye exams in Cape Cod, MA. Why? It all has to do with our level of comfort—if you don’t feel comfortable you’re likely not going to be at ease, which can cause moments of panic, distress and fear. But, on the other hand, if you’re informed, comfortable and at ease, you’re going to have a much better time and realize that there’s nothing to fear!
Part of putting yourself at ease is understanding exactly what’s going to happen at your appointment. When it comes to eye exams in Cape Cod, MA, Bayview Optometrics is here to help walk you through the process! Take a look at what you can expect from an eye exam and why there’s no reason to fret your appointment:
Eye muscle movement test
This is just a simple test to make sure that your eyes are reacting properly when it comes to moving around. For this test your optometrist will hold an object (usually a pen) and ask you to follow its movements with your eyes, without moving your head. It’s as simple as that! There’s no touching of your eyes or manipulation of your pupils: just a quick follow-along test.
You have two eyes for a reason: so they can work together to give you a comprehensive visual picture! The cover test helps to determine if both of your eyes are working properly by themselves, then together. For this test, you’ll be asked to cover one eye with your hand while your optometrist views the uncovered eye’s reaction to a point far away or one up close. This is repeated for both eyes. Again, nothing about this test is invasive and it will likely only take a matter of minutes!
Pupillary reaction test
This is the test that everyone is probably familiar with: it’s the one that involves shining a light in your eyes to gauge the retraction or response of your pupils. If your pupils retract, they’re functioning normally—if they’re not, it’s likely something your optometrist will want to keep an eye on.
Visual acuity test
Another standard test that everyone is likely familiar with, this is also commonly known as the eye chart test! You’ll sit a distance from a chart with letters on it and recite the letters in order as they slowly grow smaller. Don’t feel bad if they get blurry further down, the point of this test is to read them until you can’t any longer!
Miscellaneous other tests
All of the tests above represent standard tests that you’re always going to encounter during an eye exam in Cape Cod, MA. Take a look at a few other tests that may or may not be in your future, depending on the condition of your eyes and any preexisting astigmatisms you may have:
- Refraction testing
- Retinal examination
- Glaucoma testing
- Pupil dilation
Now, keep in mind that these are all very noninvasive tests and your optometrist will always explain them to you before you undertake them. When you realize this, it’s easy to feel at peace and feeling calm, cool and collected is the quickest way to expedite your eye exam!