Eye Exams

Healthy eyes and visual acuity are extremely important to maintaining quality of life. Now more than ever it is important to have routine eye exams, regardless of your current (or perceived) eye health. The standard recommendation for eye exams is once every two years. At your eye exam, your eyes will be dilated. This allows your doctor to see into your retina, check your vision, and screen your eyes for any eye diseases or disorders that may be present. In some cases, further testing may be necessary.

Signs that You May Need an Eye Exam:


It’s extremely important for children to have routine eye exams, as poor eye health can impact learning and attention, and it is hard for children to recognize when their eyes may not be working to their full potential. Some tell-tale signs that your child may need an eye exam include: holding a book too close to their face, difficulty reading whiteboards in school, blurred vision, and closing/covering one eye in order to see.

If any of these behaviors or symptoms pertain to your child, schedule an eye exam today.


There are many reasons to schedule an eye exam, but some common signs that it may be time to see your eye doctor include:

  • Holding items far away to view/ read
  • Difficulty in adjusting vision to dark rooms.
  • Double vision.
  • Dark spot at the center of their vision.
  • Excess tearing or "watery eyes."
  • Difficulty focusing on close or distant objects.
  • Unusual sensitivity to light or glare.
  • Change in the color of the iris.
  • Eyelid irritation, such as red-rimmed, encrusted, or swollen lids.
  • Lines and straight edges appear wavy or distorted.
  • Dry eyes with itching or burning.
  • Seeing spots or ghost-like images.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above schedule your eye exam at Bay Eye Care Center today!

Preparing for Your Eye Exam

When you call to schedule your appointment at Bay Eye Care Center, be prepared to describe any current visual symptoms you may have. Prior to your appointment, patients should gather the following information to help answer questions the eye care professional may ask:

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  • Symptoms of current eye problems (flashes of light, poor night vision, temporary double vision, loss of vision, etc.).
  • Prior eye injuries or surgeries (approximate dates, where treated).
  • Family history pertaining to visual health and diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, etc.
  • A list of any prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs currently being used.

Patients should also take the following items with them to their eye appointment:

  • Glasses, contact lenses or both.
  • A list of all Prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs currently being taken.
  • Medical or health insurance card.

Your Routine Eye Exam:

During your eye exam, a visual acuity test will be used to measure the smallest object your eyes can see at a twenty foot distance, generally by use of a Snellen chart.

20/20 vision is normal. If a person has 20/40 vision, it means that they see at twenty feet what a normal eye sees at forty feet. If a person has 20/200 vision, they are legally blind. If the second number is lower than the first, i.e. 20/15 vision, it means that that the individual sees at twenty feet what most people would at a fifteen foot distance from the object.

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