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Vision Screening vs Eye Exams

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Vision insurance plans typically cover vision screening and comprehensive eye exams, but what’s the difference between the two? Read on to find out and to learn more about why you need them annually.

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What is a Vision Screening?

A vision screening is a basic test to check your visual acuity, or how clearly you can see. It’s usually given at schools or workplaces, and often covered by vision insurance plans.

During a vision screening, you will be asked to look at an eye chart and read the letters or numbers. The test may also involve using a hand-held device called a phoropter to measure how well your eyes focus.

Having an annual vision screening is important because it can help detect eye problems early. Treating vision problems early is important for supporting the good vision and preventing more serious problems down the road.

What is a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

If you have trouble seeing the eye chart or reading the letters/numbers during a vision screening, you may need to have a comprehensive eye exam.

A comprehensive eye exam is a type of eye examination that looks at all aspects of your eyes and vision. It usually includes a thorough evaluation of your visual acuity, refractive error, pupil function, and eye health. A comprehensive eye exam can help to detect any underlying eye problems or conditions and figure out the best course of treatment.

During a comprehensive eye exam, the doctor will first ask about your medical history and symptoms. He or she will then conduct a series of tests to assess your vision and eye health. These tests may include:

  • Visual acuity test: This test measures how well you see at different distances.
  • Refractive error test: This test determines if you need corrective lenses to improve your vision.
  • Pupil function test: This test assesses how your pupils respond to light.
  • Eye health evaluation: This part of the exam checks for any signs of eye disease or injury. The doctor will also look for any changes in the appearance of your eyes that could indicate a problem.

After the tests are complete, the doctor will discuss the results with you and recommend any necessary treatment. If you have an underlying eye condition, he or she may refer you to an ophthalmologist or other specialist for further evaluation and care.

If you have vision insurance, it may cover part or all the cost of a comprehensive eye exam.

How Do You Know Which to Schedule?

If you’re not sure whether you need a vision screening or a comprehensive eye exam, contact a doctor at Arvada Vision & Eye Clinic in Arvada, CO today! We can help you decide which type of exam is right for you.

Arvada Vision & Eye Clinic has been serving the community of Arvada for over 50 years. We will work with you to ensure you have a clear understanding of your vision insurance coverage and financial options to support your vision care needs.

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