Eye exams are a vital component of preventive health. Routine checkups can alert you to underlying problems and preserve your vision for years to come. At St. Croix Falls Eye Associates, in St. Croix Falls, Webster, and Frederic, Wisconsin, licensed optometrists Lawrence Tran, OD, and Sandra Dolphin, OD, offer eye exams to people of all ages. If you’ve noticed a change in your vision, don’t wait to seek treatment. Call the nearest office today to request an eye exam, or book your appointment online.

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What are eye exams?

An eye exam uses a series of tests and preventive screenings to check for eye disease or problems that affect your vision.

During an eye exam, your St. Croix Falls Eye Associates provider uses different tools, including bright lights, lenses, and diagnostic imaging, to evaluate all aspects of your visual health.

Who needs eye exams?

St. Croix Falls Eye Associates recommends that all children undergo an eye exam before entering kindergarten. If your child’s provider identifies any underlying vision problems, they can develop a personalized examination schedule.

If you’re an adult without vision problems, you don’t need to schedule a preventive eye exam until age 40. After you turn 60, it’s important to get an eye exam every year, as changes are more likely to happen.

How do I prepare for an eye exam?

Eye exams don’t require any special preparation. That said, if you wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, bring them to your appointment. Your doctor can test your vision and determine if you need a prescription update.

What do eye exams involve?

Your St. Croix Falls Eye Associates provider tailors your eye exam to your individual needs. Even so, most exams feature similar steps, including:

Visual acuity test

This test measures your vision. You look at a chart with numbers and letters across the room. The print at the top of the page is large, but it gets smaller as you move down the chart. Your optometrist tests each eye separately to determine if you’re nearsighted or farsighted.

Measurement of your eye pressure

Measuring your eye pressure provides key insights into your visual health. Higher than normal intraocular pressure may increase your risk of more serious problems, like vision loss.

Evaluation of the health of your eyes

Your optometrist dilates your pupils with eye drops. They then use special imaging tools to evaluate the insides and backs of your eyes.

What if an eye exam identifies a potential problem?

If your St. Croix Falls Eye Associates provider determines that you need vision correction, they prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses or recommend surgery. They answer your questions and concerns and make personalized recommendations.

If your eyes are healthy and problem-free, your provider educates you on how to keep them that way.

Call St. Croix Falls Eye Associates today to request an eye exam, or book your appointment online.