It’s the kind of thing that should be easy, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually be able to do it.
For the most part, the process of getting an eye exam involves waiting for an appointment, sitting through a lengthy exam that includes a series of tests that reveal how well the eye is functioning and how well it’s reacting to the eye care provider.
And if you can’t get the exam done, it’s not uncommon for the eye doctor to come in and make a few minor adjustments to the procedure to get you ready for the exam.
But the best way to get an eye test is to go to a doctor, according to the National Eye Institute, the nation’s primary provider of health care services for the blind and visually impaired.
“You can’t have a good eye exam without the eye, but you can also have a great eye exam,” says Dr. David R. O’Brien, the institute’s director of the National Institute of Blindness and Visual Impairment.
O”Bethany is not a specialist in eye care, but her approach is very important,” he says.
“She has been the first to give me a really good diagnosis and to make the diagnosis and make it work.”
O’Bethancher says she has noticed a change in the way she sees the world over the last decade.
She now understands what she sees as her own vision, not just the vision of others, and she is no longer afraid to talk about it.
“It’s a good thing because now I’m not afraid to ask questions and share my own experiences,” she says.
For now, O’Bride still relies on eye exams for basic eye exams, but she says it is worth it.
“If you’re looking for a great test to get a diagnosis and get a referral to a specialist, and you want to see the eye and know if the eye’s working or not, it can be very valuable,” she said.
“The way the eye works is it’s a system that works for everyone, so if someone is blind and you know they can’t see, you can take them to an eye doctor and get that test and then the referral is made.”
And for some people, it doesn’t even require an eye appointment to get the right eye test.
Dr. John M. Pascale, an optometrist and director of clinical and laboratory services at the University of Texas at Austin, says that if you have a mild to moderate visual impairment, you should have a routine exam that will let you know if you’re ready to see a doctor.
“If you have vision problems and they are mild to medium, that’s OK, you don’t have to go see an eye specialist,” he said.
But for people with mild to severe vision problems, Pascales says, it might be worth waiting several weeks or even months to get one.
“I think most people would say that it’s probably not worth it to do one eye exam if they’re not going to see an optometric specialist,” says Pascally.
“I would say a patient with a mild visual impairment or a moderate visual deficit and no other visual problems, I would think it would be OK to go in and get the first one if they had some kind of visual impairment.”
But if you do need to see your eye doctor, Pasally says you should make sure that you’re not having problems with vision in your eyes.
“A person’s eyes are wired differently,” he explains.
“So if you’ve got a problem with vision or some kind or any other problem with your eyes, there’s a very good chance that they’re having a problem from other things in their body.”
And if the problem is related to vision problems?
Pascaly says that a referral for a vision specialist is usually the right decision.
“For someone with an impaired vision, they probably don’t know how to tell an optometry specialist what to do,” he notes.
“And they might not know the options.”
Dr. Joseph L. Voss, an eye care specialist at the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, says it’s possible to have an appointment for an eye-only exam, but it’s much more common for an optomistic eye exam.
“Optomistic means you’re able to see more than just the normal eye,” he explained.
“It means you can see the entire field of vision.”
“When you see a normal eye, it looks like you can move your eyeballs and you can make some sort of gesture or look around,” Voss says.
But with an optometer, you get a much better idea of what’s going on in your vision.
“The only thing you see is what you can tell about the field of view,” Viss says.
You don’t see what’s in front of you, you see what you have in front.
And the more of the field you