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Comprehensive Eye Exam

Comprehensive Eye Exams at North Park Ophthalmology

North Park Ophthalmology has compassionately provided the Pittsburgh area with quality, patient-first eye care. The eye doctors at North Park Ophthalmology recognize eyes as indicators of overall health and use the latest technology to conduct accurate, thorough eye exams and vision testing. Our board-certified ophthalmologists have decades of experience customizing care plans for patients of all ages based on their individual needs.

Pittsburgh’s Premier Eye Doctors

Eye Exam and Vision Testing

Our dedicated team of providers has decades of clinical experience administering routine and comprehensive eye exams. We pride ourselves on treating every patient like family and are gladly accepting new patients. Since 1969, we have faithfully served the Greater Pittsburgh population, ensuring healthy vision in patients across all age groups. We believe that everyone equally deserves quality, compassionate eye care. You can put your ‘comprehensive eye exam near me’ searches to rest when you become a patient at North Park Ophthalmology. Call or book an appointment online today to get started!

What is a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

A comprehensive eye exam is different from a regular vision test because it involves special equipment and procedures. A medical eye exam typically includes the following types of tests:

  • Visual acuity test
  • Preliminary tests of depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision, and pupillary light response
  • Assessment to determine nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism
  • Tests to determine eye focusing, eye teaming, and eye movement capabilities

Common Vision Conditions

What is Nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness, also called myopia, is a common vision condition where close objects appear clearly, but objects farther away appear blurry. With nearsightedness, light entering the eye focuses in front of the retina rather than directly on it. This causes distant objects to look blurred. Those with nearsightedness often need to wear glasses or contacts to see well enough to perform their everyday tasks. Without visual aids, those with nearsightedness may struggle to see the TV screen or street signs while driving.

What is Farsightedness?

Farsightedness, also called hyperopia, is a common vision condition where distant objects appear clear, but close objects are blurry. With hyperopia, light entering the eye focuses behind the retina rather than directly on it when looking at close objects. While farsightedness might not affect vision much during childhood, it usually becomes more noticeable in the teenage years and leads to eye strain and blurry near vision in adults. Farsightedness is also typically corrected with visual aids like glasses and contact lenses.

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a common vision condition that can cause blurred vision at multiple distances. With astigmatism, the front surface of the eye or the lens inside the eye has slight irregular curvatures, preventing light from properly focusing on the retina. Instead of a single focal point, there are multiple, which results in distorted and blurred vision. Astigmatism often occurs with nearsightedness or farsightedness and is usually corrected with prescription glasses or contact lenses to refocus light correctly onto the retina.

Frequently Asked Questions

A yearly eye exam is crucial not just for ensuring your eye health, but your general health overall. An eye exam can detect serious and potentially vision-threatening issues such as:

By getting regular eye exams, your eye doctor can spot these problems early on and take interventions to avoid more complications in the future.

Patients who fit the following criteria are considered at risk by eye doctors and may need to schedule more frequent eye exams.

  • Diabetics
  • Those diagnosed with an eye disease
  • A family history of ocular disease
  • Taking medication with ocular side effects
  • Working in jobs that are visually demanding or pose an ocular health hazard
  • Contact lens wearers
  • Previous eye trauma
  • Vision in only one eye
  • Previous eye surgery or LASIK

We encourage you to make an appointment with an eye doctor at North Park Ophthalmology if any of the following apply to you:

  • Red, dry, itchy eyes
  • Seeing spots, floaters, or flashes of light
  • You are a diabetic
  • You have a genetic predisposition to eye disease (e.g. glaucoma)
  • Poor night driving vision
  • Frequent eye strain/headaches
  • You have trouble following moving targets with your eyes
  • You get motion sick, dizzy, or have trouble following a moving target
  • You have trouble reading things up close or seeing things in the distance

Call or book an appointment online today to get started!

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