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At Hopewell and Lambertville Eye Associates we believe that seeing clearly is just one part of your overall eye health. It’s important to have regular eye exams whether or not you wear glasses or contacts, and even if your vision is sharp. The articles below explain what problems can be spotted with an eye exam, what’s involved in a comprehensive exam, and special considerations for kids and contacts.

Our NJ Eye Doctors Answer Your Eye Health and Vision Questions

woman wearing glassesSeeing sharp is only one part of healthy vision. In addition to checking your visual acuity, our comprehensive eye exams will evaluate your ocular health and inspect for any abnormalities. Our expert, caring optometrists use the latest diagnostic technology in our Hopewell and Lambertville, NJ, offices, so you benefit from precise and thorough examinations. We invite patients from Doylestown and all neighboring communities to schedule an eye exam today!

Our optometry practice is family-friendly, and we look forward to checking the eyes of your whole family. No matter what your age or physical condition, regular eye exams are critical.

Is a vision test the same as an eye exam?

Vision testing is a part of a complete eye exam, yet it is not a substitute. Drugstores and schools often perform vision screening, during which you’ll need to read an eye chart. This test evaluates visual acuity and can determine if you are nearsighted or farsighted. Yet responsible eye care assesses many more components of your visual system!

I have no vision complaints. Why do I need a routine eye exam?

Many common ocular conditions and diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy, do not present symptoms at the beginning. Once symptoms appear, it typically indicates that the disease has progressed to a later stage. At this point, medical treatment is more complex and generally less effective.

An early diagnosis of eye disease enables early treatment – and early treatment is the best way to prevent complications and future vision loss. The only reliable way to detect or rule out ocular disease is with a comprehensive eye exam.

Eye exams can protect more than just ocular health. Many life-threatening systemic conditions affect the eyes, and our optometrists will inspect carefully for problematic signs. It is common for us to spot hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol during a routine eye exam!

How can I prepare for my eye exam?

When you arrive at our Hopewell and Lambertville, NJ, eye care clinic, our optometrist will sit down with you to discuss any concerns you may have. We will ask you a series of questions about your family eye history and personal medical condition. Please be ready to share details, and if you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, please bring your vision prescription. We also recommend that you bring sunglasses for the trip home, in case we insert dilating eye drops; these eye drops increase sensitivity to light.

Our team believes that superior eye care starts with an open partnership between patient and eye doctor, and we can’t wait to get to know you!

What should I expect during my eye exam?

Our compassionate eye care professionals treat every patient as a unique individual. We will customize your eye exam to meet your requirements. Age, ocular condition and overall health all play a role in determining the procedures that we will perform.

The basic steps include testing your vision, evaluating binocularity (eye teaming), ability to focus (accommodation), and a precise inspection of ocular health.

  • Our eye doctor will use a slit lamp to look at a magnified view of your eye, which enables a detailed examination of your lens, cornea and inner eye tissues.
  • We will apply dilating eye drops to facilitate a retinal exam. Once they take effect (about 20 minutes later), we will use high-powered magnification devices to inspect your retinal tissues, optic nerve and vitreous fluid.
  • We will measure the pressure of your eye fluid for signs of glaucoma. This test is quick and painless.
  • Visual field testing checks peripheral vision. Poor side vision can point to a number of ocular conditions that require medical attention.
  • Depending upon the experienced, professional judgment of our eye doctor, we may perform advanced supplementary testing. Our Hopewell and Lambertville offices are furnished with the latest digital technology.

What happens after an eye exam?

We will meet with you to share and discuss the results of your eye exam. If any vision correction or medical treatment is necessary, our optometry team will consider your lifestyle and visual expectations in order to design the best solutions for you!

If you value your vision, don’t delay – contact us to book an eye exam at Hopewell and Lambertville Eye Associates! Patients from Doylestown are welcomed warmly in our nearby Lambertville office, located conveniently to serve all surrounding communities.