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What will happen during my eye exam?

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First, the eye doctor or an office staff member will ask you about your medical and vision history.

The exam may last from half an hour toseveral hours, depending on the equipemnt used. It will cover your vision and your eye health. 

  1. Ask family or friends who they use.
  2. Ask your family doctor for a referral.
  3. Call the ophthalmology or optometry department of a nearby hospital and ask about doctors who practice there.
  4. Contact state and county academies, associations, or societies of optometrists and ophthalmologists, and ask if they can help you.
  5. Get a list from your health plan or health insurance company.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "When to See an Eye M.D."

FDA: "Saving Your Sight -- Early Detection Is Critical."

Prevent Blindness America: "Taking Your Child to the Eye Doctor."

MayoClinic.com: "Eye Exams: What to Expect."

All About Vision: "What to Expect From a Comprehensive Eye Exam."

National Eye Institute: "Finding an Eye Care Professional."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 07, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "When to See an Eye M.D."

FDA: "Saving Your Sight -- Early Detection Is Critical."

Prevent Blindness America: "Taking Your Child to the Eye Doctor."

MayoClinic.com: "Eye Exams: What to Expect."

All About Vision: "What to Expect From a Comprehensive Eye Exam."

National Eye Institute: "Finding an Eye Care Professional."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 07, 2019

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