A vision test is a routine exam performed to test a patient’s visual acuity, or ability to see clearly. The test can check if someone is nearsighted (the ability to see things clearly close up) or farsighted (the ability to see things clearly at a distance). At Specs Appeal in St. George, Utah, Reed Gibb, OD, and Chad Waggoner, OD, commonly perform vision tests for people of all ages. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for a vision test, call our office today or book online.
Before the vision test, your doctor will take your medical history and ask you if there are any medications you're currently taking. Certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes, can affect vision as well as certain side effects from medications.
Dr. Waggoner or Dr. Gibb will ask you to read different letters of the alphabet on a chart positioned a certain distance away. As you move down the chart, the letters will get smaller. This will check to see how well you see from a distance. They may also have you read letters up close to check your near vision.
A vision test is commonly performed to see if a person needs glasses or contact lenses to see better. Depending on the results of your vision test, it may be determined that you are nearsighted or farsighted. Nearsighted means you can see objects up close but not at a distance. Farsighted means you can see objects at a distance clearly but not up close. It is more common to be nearsighted than farsighted.
If it’s determined you are nearsighted or farsighted, you will be given a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
In some cases, refractory surgery can be done to lessen the need for an eyeglass prescription. Whatever treatment you choose will help correct your vision to see more clearly.
Vision tests are done on people of all ages, from childhood to adulthood. For young children, it’s recommended to get a vision test before the child enters kindergarten. Depending on the results, it will be determined how often your child should be tested after that.
For healthy adults who have no vision problems, it’s recommended to have a vision test starting at age 40 when some vision changes are likely to start. Your doctor can recommend how often to have your vision checked after that. At age 60 and older, you should have your vision checked every year or two.
You may want to have your vision checked earlier or more frequently if you:
If you’d like to schedule an appointment for a vision test or learn additional information, call our office today or book online. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.