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Eye and Vision Exam FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Optometry Exams with Our Optometrist

Eye exams are one of the most critical steps in preserving your vision, as well as your overall health and quality of life. Learn more about these exams through the answers to some of the most common questions answered by our team at Family EyeCare at Westchase in Tampa, FL.

What Is a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

A comprehensive eye exam is an in-depth exam that determines both the health and function of your eyes and your vision. This exam will include everything from visual acuity and depth perception to checking for eye conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma.

Is There a Difference Between an Eye Exam and a Vision Exam?

You’ll often hear these terms used interchangeably, but they are two different things. First, a vision exam is not a comprehensive eye exam. Instead, it tests for vision problems like astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. Most eye care providers refer to a comprehensive eye exam as an eye exam, which includes checking both vision and eye health.

Will My Eyes Need to be Dilated?

Dilation provides your optometry specialist with a more comprehensive look at several components of the eye. Though not everyone needs to be dilated, it’s always a good idea to have someone who can drive you home if dilation is necessary.

How Long Does an Eye and Vision Exam Take?

While there are no guaranteed timelines, you can generally expect a comprehensive eye exam to take an hour or less. This time may increase if you need additional testing or care.

How Often Do I Need an Eye Exam?

Generally, you’ll need to schedule an optometry visit once each year. However, young children or those with specific eye conditions might need to visit more often. Your optometrist will recommend the best schedule for your needs.

Schedule an Eye Exam with Our Optometrist

If it’s been a year since your last eye exam, or you've noticed any differences in your vision, call our team at Family EyeCare at Westchase at (813) 814-2020 to schedule an appointment today. Also, visit our office in Tampa, FL, if you have any further concerns.