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What You Can Expect from a Comprehensive Eye Test

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Comprehensive eye tests are a very common type of testing that people usually take when they face vision issues or when their eyesight gets affected. Some go for a comprehensive eye test to make sure that their eyes are in good condition. Comprehensive eye tests include different tests that your eye doctor will conduct in one go. Your eye test is most likely to take around an hour, depending on the severity of your eye condition and what tests your doctor feels you should go through to get accurate results.

If you plan on going for a comprehensive eye test soon, there’s nothing to worry about. It is best always to prepare yourself in advance. Hence, we recommend you to go through this article as you will know what all to expect during your comprehensive eye test.

1.     Health and Family History

The first thing your doctor will ask is to give a complete outline of your health and family history, which your doctor will need to make the right diagnosis. It also helps to keep a lookout for certain eye issues that you could inherit from your family.

2.     Visual Testing

One of the first and main tests you will have to go through is visual testing. This is a basic eye test in which the doctor will measure how efficient your vision is using a projected eye chart and holds an acuity chart to measure your distance and near vision.

3.     The Color Blindness Test

The color blindness test takes place to see if you can identify all colors. This test is even more important if you have genetic links with color blindness. With the help of this test, your eye doctor will be able to detect other possible eye problems as well.

4.     Eye Cover Test

The eye cover test helps to find out your eye movement, alignment, and depth. In this test, your doctor will ask you to focus on one small object in the room at a distance by covering one of your eyes while you stare at the object. The same process takes place when you look at an object near you.

5.     Ocular Motility Test

The ocular motility test takes place to see how well your eye movements are by following a moving object. In this test, your doctor will slightly hold your head still and ask you to follow the target with your eyes. Testing eye movement is important, as, in this way, you will understand why you face problems in reading or playing sports if you do.

Other Tests

  • Retinoscopy
  • Stereopsis Test
  • Refraction
  • Autorefractors and aberrometers
  • The Glaucoma Test
  • Visual Field Test
  • Sit Lamp Test
  • Pupil Dilation


Taking a comprehensive eye test may seem stressful, as it includes various tests, but it isn’t that difficult. All you have to do is be mentally prepared and make sure you’re getting your eyes tested from a professional eye doctor. Moreover, they must have advanced equipment to carry out all the tests accurately.

Written by Total Focus

At Total Focus Optometry, we’ve spent the last 70 years building meaningful relationships with our patients and their families. From routine eye exams to contact lens fittings we offer our patients a variety of services to meet their eye care needs.

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