What would be your instant reaction if you were asked to get an eye exam and a sight test done? You’d be all confused and puzzled, asking yourself, “Aren’t they the same?” Well, they might be similar after all they’re both related to the eye but in a true sense, they’re poles apart, right from who conducts the test to what equipment they use.
To prove our point, we’re going to talk about these eye tests in detail, so you’re able to distinguish between the two. So, the next time you’re asked to get these tests done, you know exactly what’s going to happen and are all prepared.
FYI this is going to be very interesting so keep your eyes hooked and keep reading.
An eye exam includes:
- Eye pressure tests for glaucoma, cataract and macular degeneration.
- A complete case history of the patient including past and present vision and medical issues.
- Tests that check for how well the eye focuses at varying distances.
- Binocular vision testing to assess how well your eyes perform together.
- Ocular motility testing to determine how well your eyes can follow a moving object and or quickly move between two separate targets.
- Depth perception test to help doctors determine how well you see things in three dimensions (3D)
- Retinoscopy to help your doctor identify if you have a cataract or a significant distortion of the shape of your cornea also known as keratoconus.
- Slit lamp exam is an eye test that uses a binocular microscope to determine various underlying eye problems such as corneal ulcer, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts so on and so forth.
Differences Between Sight Test And Eye Exam
In conclusion, sight tests and eye exams are two different aspects. But despite the fact that they both vary from each other, does not make either less important. Both, an eye exam and a sight test are equally important and should be undertaken twice or once a year respectively. Precaution is always better than cure! So do get your eyes checked regularly, take all the necessary precautions and keep your eyes healthy and happy.