An ophthalmology exam is a series of tests and exams done by an ophthalmologist to check your vision and the health of your eyes.
An ophthalmologist is a doctor who specializes in eye diseases and eye surgery.
Ophthalmology exams are unique from other types of medical visits in that:
- There are a number of procedures that must be completed to prepare you, your eyes and your doctor for the examination
- Medically-required laboratory and imaging tests are performed during the same appointment (thus not requiring a separate visit)
- Treatment for your visual condition is often performed the same day
So in essence, 1 ophthalmology exam can take the place of 3 or more separate appointments. Therefore, please be prepared to spend about 2 to 3 hours, although in some cases it may be less.
Ophthalmology Exam: What to Expect
Before you schedule your visit, you will need a referral from your optometrist or your primary care physician.
On the day of your appointment, please bring a photo ID and any vision insurance cards, as well as medication lists. You should also bring your current eyeglasses.
It is important that you are prepared to talk about your medical history as there are medical conditions that can affect the health of your eyes.
Parts of the ophthalmology exam must be completed by technicians prior to seeing the doctor so that he or she will have the information necessary to evaluate your vision.