What is a routine vision exam?
A routine vision exam is defined by insurance companies as an exam for the purpose of updating eyeglasses prescriptions and a screening for eye diseases. Some insurances include a contact lens prescription as well.
Routine vision exams will diagnose refractive conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. A medical condition may not be diagnosed during this exam.
A routine vision exam is billed to your vision insurance plan. It is often a one time per year benefit.
What is a comprehensive eye health exam?
A comprehensive eye health exam is a medical exam of the eyes and the visual pathways. This exam can be for monitoring your eye health or diagnosing an eye health problem.
When a medical diagnosis such as cataracts or dry eye is made, most medical insurances will cover your visit as well as any follow-up visits. You will be responsible for any copays and meeting your deductible.
Routine vision exams and refractions are not a covered service under most medical plans.
At Vision Source of Warren, we strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. Preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, our optometrist is able provide treatment options and in many cases restore or prevent vision loss. The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not.
Eye Exam and Consultation
During an eye exam, Dr. John Barnhart will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications you are currently taking, any blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. Dr. Barnhart will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our Warren optometrist provides regular vision acuity test as part of a comprehensive eye exam. Dr. Barnhart will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, Dr. Barnhart may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.
Eye Function Testing
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our Warren office includes testing eye functionality. Our optometrist performs several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. Several other simple tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable Dr. Barnhart to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.
As part of a comprehensive eye exam, our Warren optometrist examines the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. Dr. Barnhart evaluates eye health by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. After completing these short tests, Dr. Barnhart reviews the results and discusses any necessary treatment options with you. Contact us at (330) 847-9093 today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.