Refraction Eye Exam

At Pearle Vision, we want you to have the clearest vision possible. In order to know whether you’re in need of eyeglasses or contacts, a refractive eye exam is needed. Schedule an appointment at your neighborhood Pearle Vision EyeCare Center today to get started. For more information before your appointment, read on to learn what a refraction eye exam is and what to expect.

What Is a Refraction Eye Exam?

A refractive eye exam, also referred to as a vision test, is the test used to determine what prescription is needed for your eyeglasses or contact lenses. A refraction eye test is typically given as part of a routine eye exam. Refraction tests explain whether you have a refractive error and what type of corrective lenses are needed.

If you currently wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, you’ve had a refractive eye test performed. It’s the test that involves you looking at a set of letters through a device while your eye doctor switches the lens and asks which option looks clearer.

Eye Exam: Refraction Results Explained

The results of a refractive eye test can help diagnose the following conditions:

  • Astigmatism: An imperfection in the shape of your eye lens that causes blurry vision.
  • Hyperopia (Farsightedness): A condition where you can see distant objects clearly, but near objects appear out of focus.
  • Myopia (Nearsightedness): A condition where you can see near objects clearly, but distant objects are blurry.
  • Presbyopia: A condition related to aging that causes the lens of the eye to have trouble focusing.
  • Macular Degeneration: Age-related vision loss.
  • Retinal Vessel Occlusion: A condition where the small blood vessels surrounding the retina are blocked.
  • Retinal Detachment: A condition where the retina detaches from the rest of the eye.

Typically, a person who receives 20/20 vision results is considered to have perfect vision. Anyone who doesn’t have 20/20 vision has some sort of refractive error. The results of the refractive eye exam will determine the strength of your prescription to get your vision to 20/20.

When to Schedule a Refractive Eye Exam

Yearly eye exams are important for treating refractive errors and diagnosing any eye conditions before symptoms become serious. They can ensure there are no changes in your vision or update an existing prescription if needed. Children should start getting refractive eye exams no later than three years old to help monitor their eye development.

Schedule an eye exam at your neighborhood Pearle Vision today.

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