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Comprehensive Eye & Vision Examinations
Regular eye exams are an essential part of preventative health care for adults and children. Catching vision or eye problems early improves eye health and can help prevent vision loss. Routine eye exams can even detect warning signs of serious health concerns like hypertension.
Annual eye exams are a painless way to preserve your quality of life. With affordable prices and 7 vision care centers in the greater Chicago area, we make it easy to get a comprehensive eye exam from a real optometrist.
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Eye Exam Information
Cost of an eye exam
You can get a comprehensive eye exam for just $49 at any of our seven locations (contact lens examinations not included). We're committed to providing affordable eye exams and eyewear for our patients. Our Chicago-area optometrists accept most types of vision insurance, we offer quarterly deals on eye exams and glasses, and we accept CareCredit in all our stores. Many of our patients don't have vision insurance and are still able to afford comprehensive eye care and brand name glasses.
Why eye exams are important
Vision tends to deteriorate gradually, especially as we get older. Regular eye exams make sure your prescription is updated so you can always see clearly.
Routine eye exams are particularly important for children, who may not realize they have trouble seeing until they have their vision tested. Difficulties in school, sports and social situations can sometimes be caused by underlying vision problems.
Prolonged screen time on smartphones, tablets and computers can cause digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome. Symptoms can include head, neck or shoulder pain, dry eyes and blurred or double vision. Your eye doctor can prescribe contacts or glasses designed to address digital eye strain and protect your vision.
Eye exams are also crucial because they can provide early diagnosis of other serious health conditions.
Health conditions eye exams can detect
Diseases affecting the eyes don’t always have obvious symptoms. In many cases patients don’t notice a change in their vision until the condition has developed into a serious problem. Glaucoma is nicknamed ‘the silent thief of sight’ because it’s notorious for advancing undetected until permanent vision loss has happened.
Cataracts are the number one cause of vision loss in the United States. Most cataracts can be detected during a routine eye exam. AMD (age-related macular degeneration) is another leading cause of vision loss. AMD usually begins without symptoms and advances slowly, so keeping up with regular eye exams is crucial for older adults.
Eye exams can do more than evaluate your eye health. Many other conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and even cancer can be detected during a routine eye exam.
What To Expect In a Routine Eye Exam
While your eye doctor may decide you do or do not need a specific text, comprehensive eye exams usually include:
Your eye doctor will want to review any recent vision symptoms, as well as eye injuries/surgeries, medications, and your family history of diseases like diabetes and hypertension. You may be asked about your workplace and lifestyle to screen for environmental factors affecting your vision.
Visual acuity at near and far distances is tested using eye charts. Additional tests measure your color vision, eye muscle function, depth perception, peripheral vision and how your pupils react to light.
Refraction tests measure how your eye lens focuses light, so your eye doctor can determine the exact lens power needed to correct vision problems like astigmatism and near or far-sightedness. This test involves looking through a series of different lens pairings and choosing the clearer option.
In this test, a circle of light is focused on your cornea, the clear outer layer of the eye. The reflection is measured to diagnose astigmatism (an irregularly shaped cornea) and to get the right fit for contact lenses.
Tonometry measures eye pressure. Eyes are constantly producing clear fluid (intraocular fluid) which needs to drain constantly to maintain healthy pressure. When there’s a drainage problem the pressure builds up and can damage the optic nerve causing glaucoma and vision loss. In this test a very small, brief puff of air is released, and a sensor measures the corresponding indentation on the eye surface.
EYE MOVEMENT TESTS
Movement tests are used to determine if there are problems with focus, binocular vision, or eye teaming (how well your eyes work in unison).
Dilation tests give doctors a better view of internal eye structures like your retina and optic nerve. Typically, eye drops are used to dilate your pupils before the doctor takes a look. Some locations offer dilation-free retinal imaging technology, which enables doctors to assess the retina and optic nerve without dilating drops.
CONTACT LENS EXAMS
Contact lens exams and fittings include extra steps to determine the measurements of your pupil and iris, map your cornea, and evaluate your tear film. Patients who already wear contacts will have their eyes checked for changes or damage contact lenses may have caused.
Eye Exams for Patients with Diabetes
People with diabetes have a higher risk of eye problems and should have yearly eye exams from a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist. All Eye Boutique optometrists are qualified to evaluate, monitor, and treat eye problems associated with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes can lead to diabetic retinopathy: damage to the small blood vessels in the retina (the layer on the back of your eye that responds to light). Diabetic patients are also at greater risk of developing glaucoma and other eye problems.
Damage can occur before any symptoms or vision loss, which is why dilated retinal exams are so important for patients with diabetes. By inspecting the back of your eye, your doctor can catch problems early to give you the best chance of preventing vision loss.
If there is a diagnosis of eye disease caused by diabetes, we will refer you to an ophthalmologist for treatment.
How Often To Get An Exam
How often you need an eye exam depends on your age, eye health, and other risk factors. Regular pediatric eye exams are especially important to detect vision problems that can interfere with learning and development.
For healthy individuals without vision problems, the American Optometric Association recommends:
|Age||Eye exam frequency|
|6 - 24MONTHS||First exam at 6 months*|
|2 - 5YEARS||At age 3, and again before starting 5k|
|6 - 18YEARS||Once a year|
|19 - 60YEARS||Every 1-2 years or as recommended by doctor|
|60+YEARS||Once a year|
*We provide eye exams for children aged 3 and older. For children younger than 3, please contact us for a referral.
If any of these statements are true, you should schedule an eye exam as soon as possible:
- You can't remember when you had your last eye exam
- You experience regular headaches, squinting, or blurred vision
- You have chronic eye issues like pain, redness, itching, discharge, or irritated skin
- You've noticed a sudden increase in spotty vision, 'floaters', or bright flashes
- Driving at night has gotten harder
- You've had an injury to the eye or eye area
- You regularly use digital screens for extended periods of time
As a general rule, when you notice any changes in your vision it’s a good idea to schedule an eye exam. Like most things, identifying the problem early means treatment is likely to be easier and more successful.
Eye exams with vision insurance
Many vision insurance plans cover all or most of the cost of a yearly eye exam, and some even cover part of your eyeglasses and contact lenses too. Eye care for medical conditions like pink eye or glaucoma may be billed to your medical insurance.
We accept many types of vision insurance, including VSP, and most union plans. We provide free coverage checks so you’ll know exactly what’s covered by your plan, and what you can expect for out-of-pocket costs.
Our opticians know the different ways providers try to limit their costs. We help our patients maximize the value of vision insurance benefits, HSA or flex dollars.
Eye exams without insurance
Many of our patients don’t have any vision insurance and are still able to afford routine eye exams. We regularly offer deals and discounts on eye exams and eyewear, and all our stores accept CareCredit so you can pay for your eye care comfortably over time.
Get an affordable comprehensive eye exam at 7 Chicago-area vision care centers:
Book your appointment online, or contact the Eye Boutique nearest you to schedule an appointment or ask a question. We always welcome new patients and walk-ins, and we recommend calling ahead for approximate wait times if you don't have an appointment.