Eye Exams

Dubuque Family Eye Care

Optometrist located in Dubuque, IA

Routine eye exams are integral to maintaining your vision and eye health. These go well beyond checking your vision and updating your corrective lenses. Regular eye exams with Lynn Lester, OD, and her team at Dubuque Family Eye Care, can help you preserve your vision for years to come. They check for various diseases and conditions that can cause irreversible vision loss if they're not detected early. If you are in the Dubuque area, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Eye Exams Q & A

Why do I need an eye exam?

If you find yourself straining to see road signs or experiencing frequent headaches, a comprehensive eye exam at Dubuque Family Eye Care helps you stay on top of your eye health in invaluable ways.

Your vision is crucial to how you navigate the world, and Dr. Lester’s help in this regard is paramount. Dr. Lester offers eye exams for people of all ages, including pediatric exams for children.

One of the most common reasons for having an eye exam is to determine whether corrective lenses will help you see more clearly. Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, Dr. Lester and the Dubuque Family Eye Care team can assess your eyes with advanced vision testing.

Another reason to get regular eye exams is that some eye problems, such as glaucoma, don’t present any symptoms until it’s too late. Through an eye exam, Dr. Lester can detect the early signs and get you started on a treatment plan.

Also, if you have diabetes, Dr. Lester needs to monitor the health of your retinal vessels carefully to prevent vision loss. The same goes for her patients with high blood pressure, which can affect their eye health.

What happens at an eye exam?

When you initially come in for your eye exam, Dr. Lester reviews your medical history and present health, especially as it pertains to pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

She also reviews your lifestyle to determine if you have any factors that might impact your eyesight and your need for corrective wear. For instance, you may need specialized eyewear for sporting activities or blue light lenses if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer. 

Once she’s reviewed your health, she begins the exam, which entails:

A vision exam

Using specialized equipment and charts, Dr. Lester checks both your close and distant vision.

Eye function test

Dr. Lester checks the function of your eyes to evaluate your:

  • Depth perception
  • Color vision
  • Eye muscle capabilities
  • Peripheral vision
  • Light responsiveness

Eye health exam

Dr. Lester checks your physical eye health through a visual examination and tonometry — which measures eye pressure. She may also dilate your pupils to get a better look at the internal structure of your eyes.

This is especially important to monitor diabetic and high blood pressure changes in your retina. Eye health exams can also help with cataract detection and determine if there have been any changes in your prescription.

What treatments are available for eye problems?

If Dr. Lester finds that your vision is less than the ideal 20/20, she reviews your options for corrective lenses, including glasses, contacts, and prescription sunglasses.

If she detects a more severe issue like glaucoma or cataracts, she discusses early intervention and your treatment options with you.

To schedule your eye exam, call Dubuque Family Eye Care, or use the online scheduling tool today.