Comprehensive Eye Exam

This is an office visit with an established eye doctor. During the visit, the patient receives a comprehensive eye exam and brief medical exam.

This is an office visit with an established eye doctor. During the visit, the patient receives a comprehensive eye exam and brief medical exam.

Ophthalmology and Optometry is a type of medicine that diagnoses and treats eye problems. Ophthalmologists and optometrists provide comprehensive eye exams. This includes:

  • A complete eye exam
  • A medical history review
  • A brief medical exam

It may take several visits with the eye doctor to complete the entire evaluation.

Your eye doctor will first review your medical history, including any medications you take and eye problems you might have. Then he or she will perform an eye exam. This will check the following:

  • Your vision; you will be asked to read letters on a special chart
  • Your eye muscles; you will be asked to look in various spots around the room
  • Your pupils, to see if they respond to light
  • The back part of your eye (retina)

Eye drops may be placed in your eye to make your pupils bigger (or dilated). This allows the eye doctor to examine the back of your eye (retina). Other tests may also be done, such as tests to check for glaucoma.

Routine eye exams can help your healthcare provider diagnose and monitor a variety of medical conditions and eye problems. These include:

  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • High blood pressure
  • Macular degeneration

When you see an eye doctor for an eye exam, be prepared to discuss any symptoms you are having and how long you have had them.

  • Bring a copy of your general medical history (past illnesses, surgeries and hospitalizations).
  • Make a list of all of your medications (including over-the-counter).
  • Write down any questions, symptoms or concerns you want to talk about.
  • If your healthcare provider prescribes a medication for you, ask for a generic version. If your doctor thinks that a generic version is not right for you, ask for a medication on the lowest available tier of your Prescription Drug List (PDL).

Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.

  • Do I have any problems with my eyes? What are my treatment options?
  • Is my eye problem caused by a problem that can be treated with surgery?
  • How serious is my eye problem? How long will it take my vision to improve?
  • What tests are you recommending? What is the reason for those tests? Will the test results change my treatment plan?
  • What are my follow-up plans and what symptoms should I report before my next appointment?


Also known as:

Comprehensive Eye Exam
Lens Implant
Eye Exams
Tests of Eye
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