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Annual Eye Exam

All good. My glasses are a bit broken so I need new ones. I was just waiting for my annual exam to get the most up to date prescription.

The appointment took two and a half hours and involved three professionals. They dilate my pupils every year because they are testing for diabetes damage. No damage yet. But very thorough exams.
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What about glaucoma tests?

Edited at 2015-11-30 11:38 pm (UTC)
Yep, they tap on my eyeball too. Twice! The intern does it once as part of the initial exam. Then they take a picture of my retina. Then the doctor looks over what they did and taps my eyeball again to make sure. They use little pen like devices instead of the air puff they used to do.

Visual acuity test. This eye chart test measures how well you see at various distances.

Visual field test. This test measures your peripheral (side vision). It helps your eye care professional tell if you have lost peripheral vision, a sign of glaucoma.

Dilated eye exam. In this exam, drops are placed in your eyes to widen, or dilate, the pupils. Your eye care professional uses a special magnifying lens to examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage and other eye problems. After the exam, your close-up vision may remain blurred for several hours.

Tonometry is the measurement of pressure inside the eye by using an instrument called a tonometer. Numbing drops may be applied to your eye for this test. A tonometer measures pressure inside the eye to detect glaucoma.
I know how the tests work. I read up on them in hopes of making myself sit through them. Unfortunately, this has not worked.