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Patients who wear glasses or contact lenses may already visit their eye doctor every year to check and update their prescription, but all patients can benefit from regular comprehensive eye exams in Rancho Bernardo at Total Vision. Depending on your risk factors for eye disease, age, family history, and overall health, your eye doctor may recommend that you undergo a comprehensive eye exam every 1-3 years. These exams are an important part of maintaining your vision and eye health throughout your life.

What to Expect From Your Eye Exam in Rancho Bernardo

Your eye exam will consist of a series of tests to help your optometrist evaluate your eye health, diagnose and treat any potential or current eye diseases or conditions, and identify your correct prescription, if necessary. Your eye exam will be painless and should last about an hour.

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Your Comprehensive Eye Exam Will Consist of:

Medical History

Your optometrist will begin your eye exam with questions about medical history, overall health, and inquire about any vision or eye health problems you are experiencing.

Visual Acuity Tests

Visual acuity tests measure the “sharpness” of your near and far vision. These tests can help your eye doctor determine whether glasses or contact lenses may be necessary, or if you are in need of an updated prescription. 

Color Blindness Test

When conducted for children, a color blindness test rules out color blindness. Continuing to conduct color blindness tests as you age can help your eye doctor determine if certain eye diseases or conditions are developing in an early stage.

Cover Test

The simple cover test, during which you will literally cover one eye and then the other, helps your eye doctor to evaluate how the eyes work together to focus on a particular point.

Ocular Motility Testing

These tests measure how well your eyes work together to focus on moving objects, usually asking you to focus on a slow moving light. 

Refraction Test

If you require a glasses prescription, refraction tests will help your eye doctor determine your exact prescription. As you look through lenses of different strengths, your eye doctor will ask you to focus on letters or numbers projected on the wall and decide which lens strength provides you with better visual clarity.

Glaucoma Test

Glaucoma tests measure your intraocular pressure, or the pressure inside the eye. This is usually accomplished with the “puff of air” test, technically called Non Contact Tonometry. This quick and painless test can alert your eye doctor to high eye pressure, a major risk factor for glaucoma.

Slit Lamp Exam

During a slit lamp exam, you will comfortably rest your chin and forehead against a binocular microscope. Your eye doctor will use this microscope to examine the outer structures of your eye, then use a hand held lens to non-invasively examine structures further back in the eye, like the retina and optic nerve.

Pupil Dilation

Every few years, your eye doctor will use pupil dilating drops to make your pupils larger in order to better examine the inner structures of the eye. This process is painless but the drops will make you more sensitive to light for the next few hours, and you may wish to have someone else drive you home afterwards.

Visual Field Tests

A visual field test allows your eye doctor to determine whether there are certain “blind spots’ in your vision, which can be a sign of eye disease.

Other Specialized Tests

Depending on the results of these various tests, your eye doctor may wish to do further examination and testing. This is the best way to arrive at the correct diagnosis of problems so that you may receive the best possible treatments for any eye diseases or conditions.

Schedule Your Total Vision Eye Exam

Your annual eye exam allows your eye doctor to catch and treat any issues which may arise. Maintain your eye health and sight in a friendly, family atmosphere right here at Total Vision. We provide some of the best care and eye exams Rancho Bernardo has to offer. Schedule your consultation today.

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COVID-19 Update:

Dear Patient,
We are pleased to announce that the California Department of Public Health has given us permission to resume full scope eye care, including preventative care and postponed exams.

At Total Vision Care, the health of our patients, doctors, and associates is our top priority. We are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our community.

Health and safety protocols we are taking:

  • All visits are by appointment to ensure social distancing. This includes picking up of glasses/contact lenses, adjustments on glasses, and ordering new products.
  • Patients are asked to arrive to their appointment alone and notify us from your vehicle once you arrive (a parent/guardian may accompany a minor and a family member/caretaker may assist a senior). Please call the office and someone will greet you at the door.
  • Prior to your entry a team member will take your temperature, provide you with hand sanitizer and ask you a series of questions regarding your health and possible COVID-19 exposure. Our team members are all subject to these same screening protocols.
  • All doctors, associates, and patients must wear masks.
  • Our team sterilizes all equipment and surfaces after every patient and disinfects all frames prior to placing them back on display.

What we ask of patients:

  • If you have any of the following symptoms, you must reschedule your appointment for a future date: Fever, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, gastro-intestinal symptoms (diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or stomach pains), recent loss of smell or taste.
  • Please bring a mask which must be worn in our facilities at all times.
  • Your patience in adhering to new safety protocols.
  • Please feel welcome to communicate any questions that you have to your Total Vision Care practice associates.

In addition, we will continue to monitor CDC, WHO, governmental, and optometric associations guidelines and make changes as appropriate to protect our community. Thank you so much for your continued support of our practices. We appreciate your patience throughout this process and for trusting us with your eyecare needs.

The Total Vision Care Family of Eyecare Professionals