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Why Vision Screening Is Not a Substitute for a Comprehensive Eye Exam

Many of us periodically take brief vision tests that help identify whether we are at risk for vision problems.  Examples of these types of limited eye screening include the vision test we undergo when we get our driver’s licenses renewed or a brief vision test performed by the school nurse, a pediatrician, other health-care providers, or volunteers

Depending on the situation, these limited eye screenings may include tests for blur, muscle coordination, and/or common eye diseases. Nonetheless, these tests are not substitutes for a comprehensive eye exam. Only an eye doctor can provide a thorough eye examination, one that includes careful testing of all aspects of your vision. Based on the exam’s results, your eye doctor can recommend a treatment plan suited to your specific needs.

Remember, only an optometrist or ophthalmologist can provide a comprehensive eye exam—family physicians and pediatricians are not fully trained to do this, and studies have demonstrated that General Practitioners can miss important vision problems that require treatment.