Have you ever wondered why your eye care provider spends so much time carefully examining your eyes? Although they are looking for diseases or conditions that can affect your vision during eye exa ...View Article
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Posted on 05-15-2017
At Silicon Valley Eye Physicians, our Santa Clara CA optometrist and team believes strongly in the power of routine eye examinations and screenings. In fact, eye exams for children and adults alike can help you protect your ocular health and potentially even spot early signs of eye and vision problems. We're proud to offer comprehensive eye exams at both our Santa Clara and Sunnyvale offices.
We receive a number of common questions about our eye exam services on a regular basis. To best serve our patients, we have compiled some of the most commonly asked questions and answered them in one convenient place.
How often should I get an eye exam?
Generally, we recommend an eye exam at least once per year (and not less than once every two years) for most of our patients. This is the ideal time frame for staying on top of any changes in your eye health, as well as making sure you have an up-to-date vision prescription (if applicable). For some patients, such as seniors at greater risk of eye problems and those with existing eye conditions/diseases, we may recommend more frequent eye exams as well.
What's involved in an comprehensive eye examination?
All of our comprehensive eye exams will involve a number of diagnostic tests to check for signs and symptoms of common ocular diseases and conditions. This includes OCT imaging diagnostics to check for increased pressure on the optic nerve (a common sign of glaucoma), cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. As part of your eye exam, we'll also conduct vision screening to check for changes in your vision quality.
What's involved in a contact lens exam?
If you're thinking about switching to contact lenses, we will recommend a specialized contact lens exam. This exam is designed to ensure that you're a viable candidate for contact lenses and that we're able to recommend the right type of lens to ensure the smoothest transition possible. This is especially important for hard-to-fit contacts, such as patients with dry eye or other ocular conditions.
What 's the difference between a vision screening and an eye exam?
A vision screening is conducted as part of your overall eye exam, but it is important to understand the difference between your general exam and vision screening. Specifically, vision testing is done to evaluate your visual acuity and check for potential problems like near/far-sightedness, astigmatism, and other vision disorders. We also test your peripheral vision, the pupils' reactions to light, and other important aspects of your vision health as part of this screening.
How much does an eye exam cost?
The cost of an eye exam can vary based on a number of factors, including your insurance coverage and the type of eye exam you're having done. Our office staff can help give you a better idea of your cost once they have this specific information.
Does insurance cover an eye exam?
We're proud to accept most insurance plans here in our office, so if you have vision insurance, your eye exam will most likely be covered. However, we recommend you call us with your insurance information so we can confirm before your appointment.
If you're overdue for an eye exam, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor in Sunnyvale CA today. You can reach us at (408) 739-6200 (Sunnyvale office) or (408) 492-111 (Santa Clara office) to request your appointment or find out more about our practice.
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