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Comprehensive Eye Exams

Comprehensive Eye Exams in San Diego

Woman Having an Eye Exam

You may assume that if you do not experience vision problems or wear glasses or contact lenses, you do not need regular eye exams. This is simply untrue. Everyone should have eye exams with an ophthalmologist or optometrist on a regular basis to check for problems that may have no noticeable effect on vision. 

Eye exams can provide valuable information about ocular health or overall health problems that may otherwise go undetected. Some people first learn they have serious medical conditions like cancer, diabetes or blood pressure problems from routine eye exams. Early detection of ocular or general health problems is critical to managing them properly and preventing long-term complications.

What Happens During an Eye Exam?

At the beginning of the exam, we will ask you about your eye health history, any symptoms you are currently experiencing, and whether you have allergies or take any medications. If you wear contacts or glasses, you should bring them to the appointment. We will also inquire about any previous eye surgeries you have had as well as your family’s history of eye problems. All of the information that we gather during this discussion helps us understand you and your needs better.

Next, some or all of following tests will be performed: 

These tests should not be painful or intrusive. We will explain what we are doing every step of the way. 

We will also take the opportunity to inspect the structures of your eye like your lids, cornea lens, retina and optic nerve. Dilating eyedrops will be used to enlarge your pupils so we can get a better view inside your eyes. We use a microscope called a slit lamp to look inside your eyes for any potential signs of a problem. The slit lamp portion of the exam can help us detect abnormalities or changes caused by problems like diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

Finally, we will measure the pressure inside your eyes to determine whether you have or are at risk of glaucoma. We measure intraocular pressure by using an instrument called a tonometer. 

At the end of the exam, we will discuss our findings. If we discover something that seems abnormal during any part of the exam or testing, we may perform further testing to confirm or rule out our suspicions. 

How often you should have eye exams depends on factors like your eye health and age. Once we see you for an initial “baseline” exam, we can recommend how often to return for subsequent exams.

Schedule an Exam at Eye Care of San Diego

If it has been a while since your last eye exam, or if you are experiencing new, troubling symptoms such as double vision or blurry vision, we invite you to book an exam with our doctors. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.



Serving Our Community

Eye Care of San Diego has four convenient locations to provide Southern California patients with access to a wide range of vision correction options. The talented ophthalmologists at Eye Care of San Diego can provide everything from LASIK surgery to dry eye treatment. For more information about the eye care services that we provide or to schedule a consultation with our ophthalmology team, contact Eye Care of San Diego today.

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Mission Hills

3939 Third Avenue
San Diego, California 92103
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700 West El Norte Parkway
Escondido, California 92026
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La Jolla

9834 Genesee Avenue
Suite 428
La Jolla, California 92037
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Sorrento Valley

5330 Carroll Canyon Road
Suite 210
San Diego, CA 92121
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