Where Can You Get an Eye Exam?


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The best place to get an eye exam is at an ophthalmologist's office, according to WebMD. Ophthalmologists are eye doctors that can treat every possible eye disease, perform eye surgery and also provide eyeglasses fittings and contact lenses to patients, reports Eye Care America.

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Where Can You Get an Eye Exam?
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It is also possible to get an eye exam with an optician or an optometrist, however, these practitioners are not able to treat the full range of eye diseases, according to Eye Care America. An optician can only design and fit eyeglasses or contact lenses. They cannot perform eye exams or write prescriptions. An optometrist can examine the eye and does hold a doctorate degree; however, they can only examine eye problems. The optometrist does not have a license to practice medicine so they cannot treat all of the eye diseases and problems. People with severe or rare eye diseases will need to see an ophthalmologist.

In a standard eye exam, the ophthalmologist will provide a visual acuity test, a refraction test, side peripheral vision test, eye muscle test and stereopsis test in order to test for 3-D vision abilities, reports the U.S. National Institutes of Health. These tests should not be painful and help the ophthalmologist to discern how the patient's eyes are working and if the patient's sight would be improved with contact lenses or medications. These tests can help to discern if a patient has cataract problems, diabetes, glaucoma, high blood pressure and macular degeneration as well.

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