Visiting With An Optometrist For The First Time

Visiting with an optometrist each year should be an appointment that everyone should make. A lot can change with eyes in a year, and not all changes are good. However, it can be a little bit intimidating to meet with an optometrist for the first time. You do not know what to expect, and you might be a little nervous. To ease your anxiety here are just a few of the different tests that you may go through the first time that you meet with the optometrist:

The Snellen Chart

More often than not the eye doctor is going to want to get a broad idea of how your eyes are working, and what your eyesight is really like. One of the first tests that you will be put through is very simple. You will be asked to read the letters of the famous Snellen Chart. This is the chart with the letters going from big at the top to small at the bottom. You will be asked to read the letters from different distances, and with each individual eye. This is a very broad test that simply allows the eye doctor to know where your eyesight is in general terms.


A test that many people get a little frustrated with is a lens test. You will sit down in a chair and the optometrist is going to put a machine over your eyes. This allows the doctor to put different lenses in front of your eyes. The doctor will ask you which lens looks better, giving you two choices to pick from. The reason that many people get a little frustrated is that often neither option looks good, or nothing changes. Do not get frustrated, simply do the best that you can. Tell the optometrist exactly what you see and the doctor will be able to help you out a great deal.


The eye is a very intricate organ, and a lot of different parts of the eye have to be working perfectly in order for your eye to be healthy. The optometrist is going to have you look into a light so they can photograph your eye. This is going to allow them to look at the overall anatomy of your eye to check if it is healthy. They will mostly be looking for pressure in the blood vessels and other parts of the eye that may result in the eye not being able to drain. The overall health of your eyes is a big concern for the optometrist, and if something is found they will be able to diagnose and treat it quickly.

Contact an optometrist like Jeffrey C. Fogt, OD for more information and assistance.