Eye and Vision Exams

Eye Exams Vancouver

During your exam, one of our doctors may also determine if any nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia is present and prescribe glasses, contacts or one of the many vision correction surgeries available.

What is included in a comprehensive eye exam?

Each year, many people experience a decrease in vision due to progressive diseases or conditions of the eye. Therefore, to insure the health of your eyes, a thorough, annual examination is essential to safeguard your sight.

  • You will have a medical history taken
  • Your visual acuity will be measured
  • Your eyes will be checked for refractive errors
  • Your eyelids, tear glands and tear ducts will be examined
  • Your eye muscles will be examined
  • The pressure inside your eye will be measured
  • The interior of your eye will be examined through the use of a slit lamp
  • Your retina will be examined
  • Your peripheral vision may be tested

Will my eyes be dilated during my eye exam?

During a comprehensive eye exam, the entire vision system is evaluated for potential optic nerve disease, retinal disease and systemic illness that may manifest in the eye. The internal pressure of the eye is measured to check for glaucoma. To allow the doctor the best view of the internal structures of the eye, your eye will be dilated through the use of eye drops. These eye drops cause the iris to open wide, giving the doctor a good view inside your eye. While the eye is dilated, close work or reading may be difficult, plus bright sunlight may be annoying. The effects of the dilating drops usually begin to subside after a few hours; however, it is wise to bring a good pair of sunglasses to help you see in bright sunlight following a dilated eye exam.

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Patient Testimonial

“Excellent service from the time I entered the building and spoke to reception to the time I left! The Medical Assistant was super nice, caring and did a great job. The eye doctor was professional, pleasant, spoke to me about my vision, made sure I didnt have any issues, let me know what he saw and how my eyes are. Very communicative and I could tell he cared about me. Liz in the optical shop helped me find 2 pairs of amazing glasses! So so happy with these medical professionals!”


If you have any questions or are ready to begin your eye exams, do not hesitate to contact our office for a personalized consultation. For our Main Street clinic, call 360-696-4691. For our Columbia Tech Center clinic, call 360-823-2020. And for our Salmon Creek Clinic, call 360-823-2000. Or, you can fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you.