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Total Vision Care Starts with Routine Eye Exams

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Your vision is one of the most important assets in your daily life. That's why it's so important to get regular eye exams. Unfortunately, many people skip this step and put their eyesight at risk. Yet many serious eye conditions can be treated effectively when they are caught early.

At Campus Eye Center we take a comprehensive approach to eye care, focusing our Lancaster, PA practice on total vision care. From comprehensive eye exams for adults and children to prescriptions, eye disease diagnosis, management and treatment, we're here for our patients at every stage of their eye care needs.

Routine Eye Exam

Our focus is on total vision care. So, we're less concerned about selling you the latest pair of fashion glasses. We're more concerned about the overall health of your eyes to make sure hidden issues aren't present.

Our comprehensive eye exam includes the following:

  • Complete vision test
  • Evaluation for new eyeglass prescription or contact lenses
  • Glaucoma screening
  • Pupil dilation to check for eye disease

In the event we prescribe glasses or determine you need a new prescription, we'll send that prescription electronically to the eyeglasses retailer of your choice. We also now participate with NVA Vision Plan.

When you arrive for your eye exam, make sure you have a list of all the medications you take as well as any pertinent information relating to your family's history of eye issues. Bring your glasses, contact lenses and prescription sunglasses with you.

FAQs about Eye Exams

Eye exams are actually pretty routine and painless. Here are some typical questions we're asked that may ease any concerns you might have and help prepare you for your eye exam.

How long does an eye exam take?

A routine eye exam can last anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. During that time, your medical history will be reviewed including any drugs you're taking. Following that, a series of tests will be conducted. Those tests will likely include an eye muscle movement test, cover test where each eye is covered and uncovered, pupil reaction test, visual acuity test, refraction testing, slit lamp, retinal exam, and glaucoma, among others.

How often should you get an eye exam?

Age, preexisting conditions and family history each play a role in the frequency of vision tests. If you are under 40 with no presented issues, an exam every two years makes sense. If you're more than 40 years old without issues, an exam every year and no longer than every two years will suffice. Throw in preexisting conditions or family issues and once a year is recommended.

Health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes can have a major impact on your eyes. In fact, if you've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you should have your eyes examined immediately after the diagnosis. A routine exam every year after that exam makes sense. That same timeframe applies to people who take drugs or work on a job where your eyes may be strained.

Where children are concerned, it's best to get an initial exam as a newborn and once again with each health exam thereafter. After completion of first grade, an eye exam every year or two is best.

A routine vision test will help detect any hidden issues such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts or diabetic retinopathy.

How long do pupils stay dilated after an eye exam?

Just how long your pupils will stay dilated will vary from person to person, but you can expect to be fine in 4 to 6 hours. Keep in mind that if you are going to drive after your exam your pupils will still be dilated and sensitive to light. Sunglasses will help or you may want to have someone drive you home to be safe.

Dilation is necessary to give your eye doctor a thorough look inside your eye. During dilation, eye drops are used to force your pupil to stay open when exposed to light … normally your pupils will shrink, or dilate when exposed to light. Dilation gives your doctor the ability to see your retina, macula and optic nerve.

The process allows for better and more accurate diagnosis of conditions like tumors, detached retina, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and more.

Visit either of our two vision care offices and see the difference our eye care professionals can make for you.

Campus Eye Center is an exceptional eye center with experienced eye doctors, Ophthalmogists and Optometrists, in Lancaster, PA. We offer total vision care including contact lenses and revolutionary Lasik eye surgery at our eye and laser center.

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