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Comprehensive Eye Exams Specialist

Eyes On Park

Optometrists located in Gramercy Park, New York, NY

Comprehensive eye exams help you achieve optimal eyesight and eye health. At Eyes On Park, in the Gramercy Park area in New York City, experienced optometrist Irina Shiyan, OD, provides comprehensive eye exams and full-spectrum eye care for people ages four and up. Your whole family can visit the New York office to get the best-in-class eye care, so call the office or book an appointment through online scheduling now.

Comprehensive Eye Exams Q & A

What is a comprehensive eye exam?

As the name implies, a comprehensive eye exam looks closely at both your eye health and vision. After this exam, you can get the vision correction you need, like glasses or contacts. Additionally, you'll learn about any signs of eye disease or risk factors you may have. 

A comprehensive eye exam is far more in-depth than a vision screening, which only includes a basic eyesight evaluation.  

What happens during a comprehensive eye exam?

In most cases, you'll have eye dilation before your comprehensive eye exam. Eye dilation is a simple process that involves a few eye drops in each eye. That opens your pupils wider to allow for a thorough exam of the back of your eye.

A comprehensive eye exam at Eyes On Park generally checks:

  • Visual acuity (eye charts)
  • Refraction (vision prescription)
  • Depth perception
  • Eye focus
  • Color vision
  • Eye muscle movement
  • Eye teaming
  • Peripheral vision
  • Pupil light response

Your comprehensive exam also evaluates your eye health to look for eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, as well as eye infections, and other problems. 

If you're getting contact lenses, you'll also need a particular exam, keratometry, to measure your corneas and determine the size and type of lenses you need. 

Do I need comprehensive eye exams if I have excellent vision?

You need comprehensive eye exams even if your vision is perfect. Even people with excellent eyesight can develop eye diseases, which could lead to vision loss if not diagnosed and treated. 

Comprehensive eye exams can identify a problem in its early stages, before it affects your vision. That allows you time to take action and prevent vision loss. If you have excellent vision and don't need glasses or contact lenses, a comprehensive eye exam is the best way to maintain it. 

How frequently do I need comprehensive eye exams?

Children need at least one eye exam between the ages of three and five years old. They need another eye exam before starting the first grade, followed by annual eye exams throughout their schooling.  

Similarly, adults need regular eye exams. The American Optometric Association recommends that those between 18-64 years old receive a comprehensive eye exam at least once every two years if they have good eye health and a low risk of eye problems. If you have any eye problems or are at risk for any issues, you need annual exams. 

After 65, all adults, even those with good eye health and low risk of problems, need an annual eye exam. 

An annual comprehensive eye exam at Eyes On Park is much like an annual physical at your primary care physician — it's the best way to protect your eye health and maintain your vision.

In some cases, you could need more frequent eye exams, particularly if you have a disease with a high risk of eye damage, such as diabetes. 

Schedule your comprehensive eye exam online or call Eyes On Park to book an appointment now.