During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes and taking a digital photograph of your retina (see photo to the right).
Eyecare experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every one to two years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition.
Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually.