Here’s What You Can Expect During an Eye Exam

An eye exam at America’s Best gives you comprehensive care at an unbeatable price.

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It’s easy to overlook the importance of good vision. But when it comes to your overall health, something as simple as getting an eye exam is right up there with eating right and staying active.

Just as you visit your family doctor for a yearly health check-up, you should also plan to visit your eye doctor for the same check-up for your eyes.

During an eye exam, your eye doctor will test your vision and prescribe corrective lenses, if needed. They will also do simple checks to look for the early signs of eye diseases and eye disorders.

Many eye problems don’t cause symptoms until they have advanced. Yet when eye problems are caught in the early stages, they’re often easier to treat. That makes getting a routine eye exam even more important.

Luckily, an eye exam at America’s Best is easy and affordable. Here’s what you can expect.

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The Eye Exam Process

An eye exam at America’s Best is designed to give you the most comprehensive care possible at an unbeatable price.

When you arrive

You can check in at the reception desk.

Ahead of your appointment, America’s Best will send you an email confirmation and appointment reminder that includes a link to conveniently complete your electronic medical record at home.

This information helps the optometrist know a little more about you, including:

  • Personal information
  • Medical history
  • Family history of eye disease
  • Current medications

If you’d rather fill out a form in person, we ask that you arrive a few minutes before your appointment to complete the necessary paperwork.

If you are a returning customer but have experienced changes to any of these since your last visit, be sure to tell the receptionist.

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There will be a short wait before you are taken into the pretest room. Here, the optician will administer a series of short tests, such as:

  • Visual acuity test, a vision test during which you’ll be asked to read letters on an eye chart
  • Autorefractor, to measure the shape and size of your cornea and start to figure out your prescription
  • Eye-puff test (tonometer), to test your eye pressure

You won’t receive any results or comments about the tests at this point. The results are given to your doctor directly.

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Seeing the eye doctor

After your pretest, you will see the doctor. The process varies from this point depending on what kind of exam you’re getting: one for eyeglasses or one for contact lenses. Learn more about the difference between the two exams. If you are getting contacts, you will likely need to schedule a follow-up exam before your prescription is finalized.

Even if you don’t need eyeglasses or contacts, your optometrist will examine your eyes to check for signs of any eye diseases or problems.

Here’s a peek at what happens during an eye exam:

After the exam

If you need corrective lenses, an associate can help you decide whether glasses or contacts are right for you. Then, they will help you select your eyeglasses or contacts.

If you need progressive lenses, you’ll be fitted for them after your exam.

Before you leave, you’ll pay for your eyewear and exam. If you order eyeglasses, you will be given an estimate on their arrival, usually 7 to 10 business days.

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If you have any other questions about what to expect during or after your eye exam, please don’t hesitate to contact the store and ask an associate. Find the store closest to you!

Ophthalmologist Referral

If your optometrist suspects you may have an eye disease, they will either treat the condition or refer you to an ophthalmologist, depending on the disease. Ophthalmologists are better suited to treat and manage more serious eye conditions. Your optometrist and ophthalmologist will work together to correct your vision and maintain your eye health.

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Is one doctor better than the other for preventative eye care health?

Many people question who they should see for their annual eye exams. Is one doctor better than the other for preventative eye care health? Here’s the difference between optometrists and ophthalmologists.


An optometrist must complete four years of post-graduate education through optometry school. Upon graduation, they hold the title of Doctor of Optometry. For most people, the optometrist is the main doctor seen for eye care issues including getting contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions. They should be the first source for any eye health issues.

In addition to performing eye exams for vision issues, an optometrist may also identify more serious eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration. If these conditions are found, your optometrist will either treat the condition or refer you to an ophthalmologist, depending on the disease


An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in eyecare. After graduating medical school, they receive additional training based on their specialty. While an ophthalmologist can also perform routine eye exams and prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, most choose to focus on their specialized area of advanced eye care. Specializations may include diabetic eye care, eye surgery or pediatric eye care.

For some with conditions such as glaucoma, an annual exam with an ophthalmologist is recommended. Otherwise, the optometrist should be your first visit when you notice eye problems.

To put it simply, seeing an ophthalmologist first would be like going to a surgeon when you have a sore throat. While there may be a condition causing the sore throat that will require the expertise of the surgeon, your first stop should be with your family doctor who can examine you to make that decision.

Annual Eye Exams

You should schedule an annual eye exam with an optometrist. Even if you have 20/20 vision, an eye exam is an important part of your preventative care plan.

Your eye doctor can shine a light on your overall health. When they look into your eyes, they may spot signs of diseases far from the eyes themselves, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Certain cancers
  • Thyroid disease
  • Autoimmune diseases

If you suspect an eye issue or you notice your vision has changed, don’t wait for your annual appointment. Call your optometrist to schedule an appointment right away.

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