About Eye Exams
You or your child may have had a standard vision screening at school, work, or when renewing a driver's license, but this simple test doesn't always provide a complete picture of your visual health. Passing an acuity test doesn't mean your vision is perfect or that you shouldn't worry about potential eye conditions. To undergo a comprehensive eye examination, schedule an appointment at Eye Health Vision Centers of the greater South Coast area. We have state-of-the-art offices in Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, and Taunton, MA and Middletown, RI.
Using advanced technology and diagnostic imaging, our talented team of ophthalmologists and optometrists search for early signs of eye disease, as well as vision problems in patients of all ages. Our team can determine if you need glasses, are a candidate for laser surgery, or if you are at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, or a stroke – all based on what is discovered during your exam. By scheduling regular eye exams, our team can protect and improve both your vision and overall eye health.
"Have had three appointments at this location and each time was pleasant. The ladies in the front are so polite and accommodating and the doctor was always prompt. Never waited more than 10 minutes after appointment time to be seen or had any bad experiences. I’ve even referred a few friends and family and they also love the location. Not sure why every other comment is so negative."- K.S. / Google / Jul 18, 2019
"I am delighted to have an opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Westerfeld and his staff for diligently caring for my eye problems. They are not only most professional but always attentive to my needs and concerns. Dr. Westerfeld and his staff are eager to care for me as a hive of "busy bees"."- B.F. / Google / Feb 13, 2020
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"For my first ever visit great experience from start to finish. Staff was friendly and welcoming. And with covid I felt safe knowing how clean/sanitized everything was."- C.B. / Google / Sep 15, 2021
"My physicians here preserve my vision. I can remain independent. This is a precious gift that I am grateful for."- M.J. / Google / Sep 03, 2021
Individuals of every age and circumstance are candidates for regular eye exams. Adults 40 years of age and older should have their eyes checked every 2 – 4 years while everyone else should schedule them annually or at least every two years. It's very important to schedule eye exams for your children. Statistically, one in four school-aged children has vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), children need their first eye exam at six months of age and again just before they begin school. Even if your child has great vision, is it is still recommended that they have their eyes examined at least every couple of years. This is especially important now that children are using electronic devices at an unprecedented rate, which is causing a dramatic increase in myopia (nearsightedness).
What to Expect
Comprehensive eye exams at Eye Health Vision Centers typically take around an hour to perform and will include several advanced diagnostic exams, such as a visual acuity test to measure how sharp your vision is, a cover test to determine how your eyes work together, and a color vision test. To assess your eye movements, you may be asked to follow a small light with just your eyes while holding your head still. You may also have an exam with a slit lamp to provide a magnified, 360-degree/3D view of the front parts of your eye (eyelids, cornea, conjunctiva, iris, and lens).
Non-contact tonometry (air puff) test is often used on patients over the age of 40 to measure the pressure inside the eyes and assess the risk of glaucoma. During the refraction portion of your eye exam, if a prescription is given for eyeglasses, you will choose between a selection of lenses to perfect your glasses for the sharpest, clearest vision. If other issues are discovered during your exam, you may be seen by one of our ophthalmologists for further testing or treatment.
When your exam is complete, a member of our team will discuss the scheduling of your next appointment. We will recommend when to return after considering your age, risk factors, and exam results. Even if your vision is excellent, you should continue to schedule eye exams at least every two years so any potential concerns can be diagnosed and treated early. If our team finds any signs of concern, you may need to schedule an appointment sooner for more testing or treatment.
Keep Your Eyes Healthy
To live a colorful, fulfilled life, it is incredibly important to protect your vision and maintain optimal visual health. Schedule eye exams for your children and yourself at any Eye Health Vision Centers location in the greater South Coast area today. Our team is proud to use advanced technology and techniques to assess the health of your eyes so any concerns can be caught and treated early.