Getting an eye test is vitally important for the health and safety of all motorists. Done timeously, eye tests help identify eye problems or prevent the further deterioration of any existing problems.
There are two types of eye tests – a vision screening and an eye exam.
AN EYE SCREENING:
- Is a short test compared to a full eye exam.
- It can be conducted by a nurse, optician or general medical practitioner and not necessarily an optometrist.
- indicates if you have a problem with your vision but not necessarily what the problem is.
- is conducted using a simple series of assessments such as testing;
- your eyes for sensitivity / reaction to light
- eye muscle coordination
- for colour blindness
- your vision using the “Big E” or “Snellen” chart
An eye screening does NOT
- replace a thorough eye exam
- test for eye diseases
- identify causes of any problems with yourvision
It does however,
- Identifythe existence of problems with your vision
- Indicate if there is a need for you to get a comprehensive eye exam
It is important to divulge any and all problems related to your eye health during the screening. Information such as family history, injuries and vision impairments go a long way towards assisting the professional during the screening.
An EYE EXAMINATION is a thorough assessment which involves examining all aspects of your vision and eye health. It takes much longer and is more comprehensive than an eye screening.
Eye examinations vary, however, commonly cover the following:
- Cover test: to assess if your eyes work well together
- Eye movement / ocular motility: to verify how well your eyes track a moving object
- Vision acuity: evaluates how sharp your vision is
- Glaucoma: tests the pressure in your eyes
- Colour blindness: checks your colour vision
- Slit Lamp exam: determines the structure of your eye under high magnification
The results of an eye exam results in an individualized treatment plan. This may include prescription glasses, eye drops, eye exercises or surgery in the case of serious problems.
Having your eye tests regularly could keep you, your family and other motorists safe on the road. In keeping with COVID-19 regulations it is important to book an appointment with your optometrist before-hand to ensure you can be safely attended to.