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Comprehensive Eye Exam

If you have ever considered getting your eyes checked, you have probably wondered what kind of appointment you need. Do you just need an updated glasses prescription? Are you experiencing major changes in your vision and are looking for a more robust screening? Vantage Eye Center offers two types of eye exams to fulfill each of these purposes; a comprehensive medical eye exam and a regular vision eye exam.

A comprehensive eye examination is the best way to support healthy vision. It allows our doctors to screen for the early detection and management of eye diseases, monitoring of visual acuity, and ensure that your eyes remain healthy throughout your life. 

What to expect during your Comprehensive Medical Eye Exam:


  • A dilated eye exam, which involves the use of eye drops to enlarge the pupil and allows the eye doctor to examine the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye more thoroughly.

  • Your eye doctor will perform various tests to evaluate the eye’s health, including:

    • ​Checking eye movements and alignment

    • Assessing eye pressure

    • Examining the internal and external structures of the eye using specialized equipment

    • Performing a visual field test measures the range of your peripheral vision


Your optometrist may discover a need for additional testing not listed above as they evaluate your eyes. The frequency of eye exams can vary based on your age, health status, and other factors, so it’s essential to consult with your eye doctor to determine the appropriate schedule for your needs.

When and Why do I need a Comprehensive Eye Examination?

A comprehensive eye examination is paramount to supporting good eye health and can be necessary at different points throughout your life. Here are three instances when you may need a comprehensive eye exam:


  1. During Adulthood: As an adult, you should have a comprehensive eye exam at least once every two years, even if you do not wear glasses or contacts, to ensure that your eyes are healthy and to check for any signs of eye disease.

  2. With Risk Factors: If you have certain risk factors for eye diseases, such as a family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration, or if you have certain medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or autoimmune diseases, you may need more frequent eye exams.

  3. As You Age: As you age, your risk for eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration increases. It is recommended that adults over the age of 60 have annual comprehensive eye exams to monitor their eye health and catch any problems early.

Benefits of a Medical Eye Exam

Monitor for developing eye conditions like Cataracts, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration.

Understand if prescription glasses or contacts could be beneficial for you and at what power.

Speak directly with an optometrist about your eyes and any concerns you have related to your vision.

Regular Vision Exam

If you opt for a regular vision exam, our team will run simple tests to ensure the health of your eye, including testing your vision to determine the need for glasses and contacts or updating your current prescription. You will not be dilated for this exam.


You can also receive updated eyeglasses and contact prescriptions in addition to your comprehensive medical exam. It is important to note that your prescription will be charged separately from your comprehensive exam if you are using medical insurance. See more on what to know about insurance below. 

Importance of Eye Exams

Eye exams are an important part of maintaining good eye health, but not everyone understands why they are so crucial. Have you ever considered the importance of your eyes in your daily life? They are one of the most important senses we have, and a good way to take care of them is through regular eye exams. Much like an annual mammogram is important to screen for breast cancer, an eye exam can detect problems before they become more serious and can help prevent future eye issues. Some eye conditions that can be detected during an eye exam include glaucoma and cataracts, both of which develop and become more difficult to treat if they go undetected. Eye exams are especially important for people who have a family history of eye disease, have certain medical conditions like diabetes, or wear glasses or contacts.

What Insurance do I need for an Eye Exam?


To determine the insurance you need for an eye exam, consider the following:

  • Use medical insurance for comprehensive medical eye exams and the management of eye conditions and treatments.

  • Vision insurance typically covers regular eye exams and may include benefits for glasses or contacts.

  • Note that you cannot use both types of insurance for the same visit.

  • If you have a regular vision eye exam and require additional treatment, your team may recommend using medical insurance to reduce costs.

  • Vision insurance covers some eye care services, while medical insurance covers medical eye care services and comprehensive exams.

  • Vision insurance benefits may include an allowance for glasses or contacts, while medical insurance only covers materials with an HSA or FSA.

  • Vision insurance benefits can be used once per year or every other year, while medical insurance benefits can be used multiple times throughout the year.

  • For further questions, consult your patient representative during scheduling or contact the facility.

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