Des Peres Eye Center
Ophthalmologists located in St. Louis, MO & Arnold, MO
An eye exam is much more than a simple vision test at Des Peres Eye Center in St. Louis and Arnold, Missouri. The highly skilled ophthalmology team can give you a new prescription, verify your vision for licenses or for school, and also check for eye disease and other potential eye health issues during your comprehensive eye exam. Book your appointment by phone today.
Eye Exam Q & A
When do I need to schedule a comprehensive eye exam?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a comprehensive eye exam for children at around age three, and another when starting school. After that, your Des Peres Eye Center ophthalmologist recommends a specific exam frequency based on your child’s needs, for example, yearly exams if they need corrective lenses or have eye health concerns.
If your child fails a school vision screening, has new vision issues, or has behavioral or learning issues that could be connected to vision, schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Des Peres Eye Center right away.
Adults need to schedule a comprehensive eye exam at age 40, even if they have no vision problems at all, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. However, you may need to schedule an exam before that based on your vision care needs. Patients with diabetes, hypertension, or a family history of eye disease need to see the ophthalmologist sooner and more frequently.
Your ophthalmologist can determine the best exam schedule for your needs. Many patients need exams every one to two years to maintain optimal eye health.
You may also need one-time exams for specific purposes such as a driving exam, a school eye exam for your child, or help for a condition like dry eyes. Des Peres Eye Center is happy to meet all of your vision exam needs, whether it’s a routine exam or a special need.
What does a comprehensive eye exam include?
At Des Peres Eye Center, your exam includes all of the following.
- Check of your visual acuity (to look for myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism)
- Refraction exam to determine your eyeglasses prescription
- Biomicroscopic exam of your eyes using a slit-lamp tool
- Eye dilation to check your fundus (optic nerve, retina, and macula)
Your comprehensive exam has two purposes: Determining whether you have refractive errors like myopia and checking for problems deep inside your eye, such as optic nerve damage or glaucoma. Your Des Peres Eye Center ophthalmologist is a medical doctor specializing in eyes, making them uniquely qualified to evaluate both things.
Do I need a special exam to get contacts?
Yes, if you want to wear contact lenses instead of glasses, you’ll need some additional testing during your eye exam. These extra tests evaluate your eye surface to determine the best type of lenses for your needs. If you are new to contact lenses, we will take ample time to instruct you on effective insertion and removal techniques as well as proper care and handling of contact lenses.
Book your eye exam appointment at Des Peres Eye Center by using the online scheduler or calling the office today.