Comprehensive Eye Exam From Vision Source NC

Many eye doctors today are more concerned about writing you a prescription, which enables them to then sell you eyewear. This is not the case with Vision Source eye doctors. We believe the eye exam is one of the most important elements of your overall healthcare. Quality vision matters at work and at play, at all ages, and is essential to maintain a good quality of life.

A comprehensive eye exam not only includes an evaluation of vision accuracy, but also an analysis of many other potential eye health issues. Your eyes are a window into many health issues that are not necessary vision related, and your Vision Source eye doctor will look for any early signs of conditions such as hypertension, diabetes or glaucoma. Your eyesight is precious and deserves the full attention of a Vision Source Optometrist.


What Can You Expect During Your Comprehensive Eye Exam

Your eye doctor will want a brief medical history to determine the advent of any problems, contributing factors, past vision problems or any other conditions that may affect your vision or overall eye health.

Visual acuity

Visual acuity is typically tested with an eye chart to determine the quality of your vision at various distances. This is the foundation for all eye exams and how the doctor determines your vision score. Vision at 20/20 is most commonly considered normal, meaning a person would have to be within 20 feet of the smallest letter to be seen clearly. Contrary to popular belief, 20/20 is not the best possible vision as a person can have 20/15 or even 20/10 vision.

Vision Quality Analysis

Vision quality analysis includes specific areas of visual functions such as depth perception, peripheral vision, color response, muscle reaction and light sensitivity and response. We also test the ability of the eyes to focus and adjust independently as well as how they work together.


Refraction is when the eye doctor determines the appropriate lens power needed for proper corrective vision (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism). This is an extremely important part of an eye exam and where Vision Source eye doctors excel. An accurate lens prescription is necessary not only for determining the lens power, but also the lens type so any prescribed vision correction will provide the clearest vision possible.

Eye Health Evaluation

During a comprehensive eye health evaluation, we look at all portions of your eye; the lids, the cornea, the lens and the back of your eye (posterior). In addition, a detailed view of the back of your eye is necessary to ensure that all the internal structures of your eye are healthy. As we look at the back of the eye, we want to make sure that there are no signs of any eye health issues or general health problems. This is where the doctor may use drops to dilate your eyes.

Checking Eye Pressure

When checking eye pressure, elevated pressure in the eye signals an increased risk for glaucoma and should be immediately addressed. In addition to glaucoma, other abnormalities could indicate eye health problems such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), or diabetes.