Vision Tests Directory
There are many types of vision tests: visual acuity tests, refraction, visual field tests, and color vision tests are a few. These tests help your doctor determine how well your eyes are working. They can help him or her diagnose problems you are having with your eyes such as glaucoma, cataracts, or color blindness. They can also diagnose common problems like nearsightedness or farsightedness. Most children and adults need vision tests yearly to detect any changes in the eyes and to be evaluated for glasses or contact lenses. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how vision tests work, how they are done and why, what to expect from an eye exam, and much more.
How to Choose an Eye Doctor
WebMD tells you what you need to know to choose an eye doctor.
Eye Tests and Exams
WebMD offers a guide to the various eye tests used to diagnose eyesight disorders.
Eye and Vision Tests for Children and Teens-Topic Overview
All children Use the guidelines below to schedule routine vision checks and eye exams with your pediatrician or family doctor. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO) recommend that all children have an eye exam during the newborn period and again at all routine well-child visits.1The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening (tests) to detect lazy eye (amblyopia), misaligned eyes (strabismus), and defects in visual acuity in children between the ages of 3 and 5 years.2The AAP recommends that vision screening start around age 3 and occur each year at ages 4, 5, and 6. After that, screening should occur at ages 8, 10, 12, 15, and 18.3 The AAO recommends that vision screening start around age 3 and occur each year at ages 4 and 5. After age 5, the AAO recommends screening every 1 to 2 years.4Eye exams by a specialist (an ophthalmologist or optometrist) are recommended if a child of any age has: A family history
Detecting Eye Diseases and Conditions
Learn more from WebMD about common eye diseases, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and more.
Saving on Eye Care: Bargains and Risks
In a tough economy, saving money is on everyone's mind. But when it comes to eye care, experts say that what you do to save money today may put you at risk of much higher costs in the future.
Children's Vision and the New Classroom Technology
Could digital and 3D technology in the classroom hurt your child’s vision?
Children’s Vision and Eye Care Basics
Routine eye exams play an important role in maintaining your child’s eye health. Learn how eye exams can detect vision problems and help protect your child’s eye health.
When should a patient see an ophthalmologist instead of an optometrist?
Dr. Shuchi B. Patel, MD, reports from the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Eye Health for Your Teenager
Tips for teenager’s healthy eyesight
Inside an Eye Exam
What eye exam tests can you expect at your annual visit?
Vision Screening and Follow-Up Care
While some children are screened for vision problems, many fail to receive follow-up eye examinations and treatment.