Routine Eye Exam Birmingham | Clavenna Vision Institute

Early detection of vision problems is often vital to helping preserve your eyesight. That’s why routine eye exams are so important. At Clavenna Vision Institute, our team is trained to detect eye diseases in the earliest stages so they can be treated and possibly even help prevent them. Our team includes an optometrist, Dr. Bianca Bilek, and ophthalmologists Dr. Carl Clavenna and Dr. Gregory Fitzgerald.

We recommend that children have their first eye exam at age 5 and every year or 2 afterward, depending on the health of their eyes. Adults with healthy eyes should also have an eye exam every 2 years. However, if you fall into any of the categories listed below, you may need to have a comprehensive eye exam more frequently to monitor your condition:

  • Diabetic
  • Currently have an eye disease
  • Family history of eye disease
  • Undergone eye procedures in the past

During a routine eye exam your doctor will:

  • Check your vision and need for glasses
  • Examine the eyes by dilating the pupils
  • Discuss the health of your eyes and other recommendations for continued eye health

Common Eye Exam Tests

  • Current refractive error measurement using retinoscopy
  • Eye pressure measurement to identify glaucoma
  • Eye health using a silt-lamp
  • Visual acuity to measure the definition of your vision
  • Blind spot detection using a visual field test
  • Eye misalignment using cover tests
  • Eye disease identification through pupil dilation

These tests can help your doctor detect problems such as:

Are Eye Exams Painful?

No. Eye exams are painless, but you may have slightly blurred vision and light sensitivity for a few hours after the appointment. Most people do not need to bring a driver and can drive themselves home afterwards. We will give you a pair of plastic sunglasses to help if you don’t have a pair with you.

How to Prepare for Your Eye Exam 

To make your eye exam as efficient and beneficial as possible, we encourage you to jot down any questions you might have as well as your vision symptoms. It’s easy to forget all of these details when you are in our office. Here is a list of frequently asked questions that we often hear during eye exams – perhaps some of these will spark more questions of your own:

  • Why is my vision not as clear as it used to be?
  • Is there any way to restore my youthful vision?
  • Will I need to see a specialist for treatments?
  • What’s the best way to wear and care for contact lenses?
  • Should my child wear eye protection when playing sports?
  • As I grow older, will my eyesight continue to change?
  • How often should I have eye exams?

Here is a checklist of common vision symptoms that you may be experiencing

  • Blurry or cloudy vision
  • Floaters or flashes of light
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision
  • Red and green color confusion
  • Dark spots in vision
  • Itchy, watery, irritated eyes

What to Bring to Your Appointment 

  • Your prescription glasses and/or contact lenses
  • Insurance information, including your insurance card (make sure you know what is covered under your plan)
  • Identification card such as your driver’s license
  • Name, phone number and address of your primary care doctor
  • Someone to drive you home (your eyes may be dilated during the appointment)
  • New patient forms (these can be downloaded and filled out prior to your appointment)
  • Cash, checkbook or credit card to pay for any out-of-pocket expenses, if necessary

Be Prepared to Share Information

The more information you can share with your doctor about your medical history, the better! If possible, do a little research to learn about your family history of eye diseases. Some eye diseases are hereditary so if you are at a higher risk of developing an eye disease, our team can watch closely for any early signs. Your doctor will also want to know about:

  • Current prescription for glasses, contacts or sunglasses
  • All prescription or over-the-counter medications and supplements you are currently taking
  • Past or current health issues, injuries, illnesses, operations, etc.
  • Physical health problems you may be experiencing

To schedule an eye exam, call 248.646.3733 or contact us online.