Routine vs. Medical Eye Exams

Routine vs. Medical Eye Exams

Routine vs. Medical Eye Exams

Routine vs. Medical Eye Exams

Routine vs. Medical Eye Exams

Eye Exams

All eye examinations are considered medical and are performed by a medically trained and licensed Optometrist.
 

Routine vs. Medical Eye Exams

Office visits to an eye care professional are usually categorized as either “routine” or “medical”. This terminology has nothing to do with the steps it takes to perform a comprehensive eye exam or the type of doctor who performs the exam. A comprehensive “routine” vision exam often contains the same elements as a comprehensive “medical” eye exam, and seeing an ophthalmologist (MD) doesn’t make the exam medical in nature.
 

The type of eye exam you have is determined by the reason for your visit or your chief complaint, as well as your diagnosis. Routine vision exams usually produce final diagnoses such as nearsightedness or astigmatism, while medical eye exams produce diagnoses such as “conjunctivitis.”

 

All eye exams include the following:

  • case history, consisting of ocular, physical, occupational, and other pertinent information

  • visual acuity

  • the results of a biomicroscopy examination, including an examination of lids, cornea, and sclera;

  • the results of an internal ophthalmoscopic examination, including an examination of media and fundus

  • the results of a static retinoscopy, O.D., O.S., or autorefractor

  • subjective findings, far point and near the point

  • assessment of binocular function

  • amplitude or range of accommodation

  • tonometry

  • the angle of vision, to right and to left

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