Your Annual Eye Exam

What Happens During a Regular Eye ExamWhether you have good eyesight or not, coming in for an annual eye exam is important for maintaining good eye health. Many people who don’t wear glasses still don’t go in for an eye exam, since their vision isn’t affected. However, many issues in the eye — or vision — have no obvious symptoms. By regularly and thoroughly examining your eyes, your optometrist is able to notice subtle changes, helping him to find potential issues before they manifest.

What Happens During an Eye Exam?

Your appointment with our doctors at Hampton Roads Eye Associates will take around one hour, depending on the amount and complexity of tests that need to be performed in order to determine eye health and your vision. Some of the tests may include:

Peripheral Vision

If you had to live with seeing only what you were focused on directly ahead, your life would by much different! Your peripheral vision — or side vision — is important because it helps you be more aware of your surroundings. You can see motion in your peripherals, warning you of an imminent accident while driving, for example. Making sure you’re seeing properly is vital to helping you maintain your normal lifestyle.

Slit-Lamp Evaluation

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a slit lamp is a microscope with a bright light. This is used during eye exams to get a better look at the front and inside of the eye. Your doctor will use the slit lamp to examine the sclera, cornea, lens, retina, and optical nerve. Despite the light being bright, it will not cause damage to your eyes.

Eye Pressure Test

The eye pressure test looks for signs of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that causes nerve and vision loss, so it’s important to have this test done with your eye exam.


Other tests and procedures may also be carried out, depending on your eye health and vision. At Hampton Roads Eye Associates, we know that annual eye exams are crucial for maintaining good eye health and vision. Schedule your annual eye exam with us today!