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Ophthalmic Eye Exams in Brandon

What Happens Before, During, and After Ophthalmic Eye Exams?

Ophthalmic eye exams are performed by an ophthalmologist. Like optometrists, these types of eye specialists perform eye exams and write prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses. However, ophthalmologists are also medical doctors who diagnose and treat eye diseases, prescribe medications, and perform eye surgery. If you are having problems with your eyes or you have been diagnosed with an eye disorder, is it recommended you have an eye exam performed by an ophthalmologist.

Preparing for Your Ophthalmic Eye Exam

If you need to see a Brandon Ophthalmologist or Plant City Ophthalmologist, there is not much preparation involved. Since you will most likely have your pupils dilated, you should bring sunglasses along since your eyes will be very sensitive to light. You may not be able to see very well so it is recommended to have someone with you to drive you home. Dilating the pupils allows the ophthalmologist to do a complete eye exam of the retina. During a comprehensive ophthalmic eye exam, many eye disorders and other medical conditions can be detected early including:

  • Eye tumors
  • Macular degeneration
  • Retinal detachment
  • Glaucoma

It will be a good idea to write down any questions you might have for the ophthalmologist including any concerns you have about your vision.

What Else Happens During an Ophthalmic Eye Exam?

In order to check your vision and assess the overall health of your eyes, the ophthalmologist will perform other types of diagnostic testing. You will need to give your complete medical and family history along with a list of your current medications. Other tests during eye exams in Brandon might include:

  • Refraction test - you'll look through a device with different lenses while reading an eye chart
  • An assessment of your three-dimensional vision and your peripheral vision along with the health of your eye muscles
  • Slit lamp test - you'll look through a lighted magnifying device to check your eyelid, cornea, conjunctiva, and iris
  • Tonometry test - a glaucoma test where you'll receive a painless puff of air in your eye
  • Colorblindness test - you'll look at circles with different colored dots, numbers, or symbols inside them

Once the exam is complete, the ophthalmologist will go over the results with you.

What Happens After an Ophthalmic Eye Exam?

If all the results come back normal, and you do not develop any of the following eye problems or symptoms, you can simply come back in a year:

  • Eye pain
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Seeing flashes of light
  • Seeing bright floating spots
  • Seeing halos around lights

Even if the eye is found to be in good health, yearly examinations are always recommended. If the results are abnormal, your ophthalmologist will go over your diagnosis, treatment plan, and any possible medications or surgery that may be required. 

When is the last time your eyes were thoroughly examined? Contact your Brandon Ophthalmologist at 813-684-2211 for eye exams in Brandon or your Plant City Ophthalmologist at 813-754-1869 to schedule your appointment. 


I have benefited tremendously from the eye care I received from Brandon Eye Associates

John/ Brandon, FL

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