In addition to eyeglasses, Manzo Eye Care’s optometrists are also equipped to prescribe contact lenses. We have many patients who are curious about what's different between a medical eye exam for those patients who have or are considering contact lenses compared to those who do not have them and are not considering them. These exams are not the same; in fact, there are many fundamental differences between the two that you should consider before scheduling your appointment with your eye doctor. Patients can learn more about the differences between the two exams by calling Manzo Eye Care in Royal Oak, MI today. A routine eye exam has a primary purpose of detecting any vision problems, eye diseases and other general issues concerning eye health. This exam should be performed by your optometrist once every one-to-three years to uncover problems with your eye health, even problems of which you may not yet be aware. Manzo Eye Care performs dilated eye exams enabling our physicians to optimally visualize all components of a patient’s eye. While the exam is being performed, the doctor will employ a variety of tests and procedures to thoroughly examine your eyes. You will be asked to read an eye chart. Following this, a retinoscopy will be performed. During the retinoscopy, the lights will be dimmed and you’ll be asked to focus your eyes on a specific target in the room. A light will then be shined into your eye while different lenses are flipped in the machine in front of your eyes. Analyzing the way the light bounces off your eyes is one of the ways that your prescription is determined. The next step of the exam is the refraction. This test allows your eye care professional to determine the exact level of augmentation required for your vision. As you look through the machine, you will be asked to decide which choice looks the clearest. The refraction part of the exam helps the doctor determine whether you are nearsighted, farsighted, have astigmatism and/or presbyopia. The final portion of the exam is a slit-lamp examination, where a specialized instrument allows your eye care professional to examine the health of your eyes using a magnifying machine that dramatically enhances not only the entire structure of your eye, but everything inside the eye as well. Your optometrist will be looking for any abnormalities that may indicate disease or infection. The first portion of the eye exam is the same as a routine eye exam; you will be asked by your optometrist to read from a visual chart, a refraction will be performed and the doctor will utilize a number of other eye tests to gauge the healthiness of your eye. Once this portion is complete, your eye care professional will ask you a series of questions related to your preferences for contact lenses. These questions may include how often you would like to dispose of your contacts, whether or not you prefer colored lenses, as well as other lifestyle-oriented questions. Most patients who wish to receive contact lenses or are getting an updated prescription for their lenses will have at least two office visits. While those eye care patients who only wear glasses or do not need eyewear at all only need to visit their optometrist once every few years, patients with contact lenses should be evaluated every year.