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Comprehensive Eye Care

Is it hard to remember when your last eye exam was? This might be a sign that it’s been too long. Newton Wellesley Eye Associates is here for all your comprehensive eye care needs, including eye exams and contact lens fittings.

The Importance of Eye Exams

Eye exams are not only for people with refractive errors that require glasses and contact lenses. They are necessary for everyone to ensure their eyes are healthy. Eye exams are essential to preventative care and the only way to diagnose certain eye conditions like glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration. But many eye conditions have few symptoms in the early stages.  Eye exams are the only way to diagnose these conditions and ensure they cannot reach advanced stages. Eye exams ensure that your eye doctor at Newton Wellesley Eye Associates can diagnose and treat any potential eye conditions in a timely manner and preserve your vision.

How Often Should I Get an Eye Exam?

To maintain your eye health and ensure clear vision, it is recommended to schedule a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years. Regular eye exams allow your eye doctor at Newton Wellesley Eye Associates to monitor any changes in your vision, detect early signs of eye conditions, and update your prescription if needed. However, certain factors may warrant more frequent exams, such as age, existing eye conditions, or other health conditions. Your eye doctor can provide personalized recommendations based on your specific circumstances. 

It’s important to keep in mind that comprehensive eye exams are vital for preserving your vision and detecting any potential issues before they become more serious.

What to Expect at a Comprehensive Eye Exam

During a comprehensive eye exam, your eyes are examined and measured to ensure they are healthy. Your eye doctor may assess your eyes with various tests and measurements, including:

Testing visual acuity will have you read letters or numbers on an eye chart to see how clear your vision is. You’ll do this at various distances.

Refraction helps your eye doctor determine if you need a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. The test determines your prescription by measuring how light bends (or refracts) as it enters your eye.

Your eye doctor will look at how your eye muscles work and move together by conducting a motility test, which evaluates the coordination and control of your eye muscles.

Testing your peripheral vision looks at how your side vision functions and detects if there are any abnormalities.

For a retinal examination, your eye doctor may use instruments like a slit lamp or ophthalmoscope. Doing a retinal examination provides your eye doctor access to the back of the eye, including the optic nerve, retina, and blood vessels.

Measuring intraocular pressure helps determine pressure within the eye, which often indicates glaucoma if it’s elevated.

A problem-focused eye exam may be necessary if you’re experiencing a specific issue with your vision, like eye pain, dryness, or redness. A problem-focused eye exam is more focused on identifying the problem with your vision that you’re experiencing. 

The eye exam will take the time to understand how long you’ve been experiencing the problem, other symptoms you may have noticed, or other issues with your vision that it may have caused. Having this direct understanding makes it easier for your eye doctor to determine the root cause of the problem and come up with a suitable solution.

Urgent Visits

Have you noticed a sudden loss of vision, severe eye pain, an eye injury, or other urgent eye issue? You may require an urgent visit at Newton Wellesley Eye Associates. These urgent visits may be necessary to avoid serious complications or potentially irreversible vision loss. 

Let your eye doctor or healthcare provider know as soon as possible if you think you may need an urgent appointment.

Contact Lenses

If you’re interested in wearing contact lenses, you’ll need to be fit for them separately from your eyeglasses. Contact lenses use a different prescription and require separate corneal measurements. Your optometrist will measure the size and shape of your cornea to determine the best type of contact lenses for you and the most precise prescription. We will review how to put your new contact lenses in your eyes, best practices for wearing them, and contact lens hygiene. 

We’ll provide you with a trial pair of contact lenses to evaluate their fit and comfort during the exam and will guide you through the process while answering any questions about wearing contacts. Once you’ve had your initial contact lens fitting, we will schedule a follow-up visit to monitor your ability to wear contacts. These appointments are the perfect time to make any adjustments if you’re having difficulties with your chosen contact lenses.

Please let our staff know when scheduling your appointment if you need a contact lens exam (fitting or update), as a separate appointment type may be necessary.

Comprehensive Eye Care Doctors

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Newton Office

2000 Washington Street
Green Building Suite 462
Newton, MA 02462

Wellesley Office

60 Walnut Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

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(617) 964-1050
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(617) 964-6449
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