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Eye Exams

Eye Exams TucsonTo help ensure that your experience at Eye Associates of Tucson is pleasant and goes as smoothly as possible please take a moment to download and complete the required patient forms prior to your next visit.

In order to maintain decent vision and to keep your eyes healthy we recommend routine eye exams. For certain age groups it may be alright to have an exam every two years; however, if you are a senior or have diabetes it is a good idea to be checked every six to twelve months or more frequently. Be sure to consult your eye care professional regarding the consistency of eye exams that you should maintain. The eye doctors at Eye Associates of Tucson would like to stress the importance of regular eye exams.

At this exam, your pupils will be dilated so the Doctor can see your retina.  Your vision will be checked and you will be screened for eye diseases and disorders. If further evaluation is required a more comprehensive exam and additional testing will be scheduled. If you experience any changes in your vision between regularly scheduled visits with your eye specialist, you should schedule an appointment at Eye Associates of Tucson as soon as possible. Early detection of problems and initiation of treatment can be the key to preventing loss of vision.

Eye Exam TucsonRegular eye exams can diagnose a variety of eye conditions early on and are the best way to preserve good vision. For children, strabismus (crossed eye) and amblyopia (lazy eye) can often be diagnosed and treated in early childhood, avoiding life-long vision impairment. Also, rare eye conditions from birth (like congenital cataracts) can be diagnosed and treated. Refraction tests can determine whether prescription eyewear would be beneficial, and what power is necessary. Furthermore, many debilitating eye diseases can be diagnosed before noticeable symptoms occur, potentially making the difference between minor damage and major vision loss.

 Preparing for your eye exam at Eye Associates of Tucson

When you call to make an appointment, be prepared to describe any current vision problems.  In addition, please ask if you will be dilated.  Dilation can affect your ability to drive and may interfere with your activities.  Please ask about the cost of the exam, if insurance will cover the exam and how payment is handled.  Routine refractions may not be a covered benefit under your medical insurance.

Items to prepare

  • Remove eye makeup prior to your eye exam.
  • Be sure to bring your medical health and eye insurance information.
  • New patients are encouraged to print, fill out medical forms.
  • Be prepared to discuss any health problems and/or allergies.
  • What are your previous eye diseases, surgery related to vision or previous eye injuries?
  • Family history of eye disease. (This is important for eye diseases like Glaucoma)
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs you are taking (This can be important in cases of cataract surgery)
  • List of sports/hobbies in which you participate (This may be important for those seeking LASIK eye surgery)
  • For new patients, bring all glasses and contact lenses, your current contact lens prescription or contact lens box or bottle, or previous eye care records including lens specifications.