How is an Eye Test Done?

Our eyes are one of our most valuable possessions, yet we often take them and our vision for granted. Often it isn’t until we start to experience issues with our site that we realize quite how much we rely on it every day – for our work, to help us interact with people around us, and even to keep us safe. Nevertheless, our eyes are just as prone to being injured or to developing health issues as any other part of our body. In some cases, general health conditions like diabetes and our eyes are actually linked. It is for this reason that professionals like our Primary Eye Care eye doctor Dr. Joe Kea recommend that all patients have an eye exam at least every two years. If you already have a problem with your eyes or you wear prescription lenses, the frequency of these visits could be increased.


If you haven’t been for an eye exam before, or if it’s been a while, knowing what to expect can help you to feel relaxed during your appointment. Here’s what you need to know about how an eye test is performed here at Primary Eye Care Tupelo.

Informal consultation with Dr. Joe Kea


When you choose to have an eye test at Primary Eye Care Tupelo, a key part of your appointment will be an informal consultation with Dr. Joe Kea. This is an opportunity for Dr. Kea to find out more about you and your visual and medical history. You will also be able to raise any concerns that you have, such as if you have been experiencing anything unusual with your eyes or vision. You can also ask any questions you have about taking care of your eyes.

Eye health testing


Many people don’t realize that eye exam are used to assess the health of your eyes as well as how clearly you can see. To do this, patients are given a series of different tests and assessments so that Dr. Kea can check for any abnormalities and assess their risk of developing some of the most serious eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. The assessments carried out will provide crucial information about:


  • How well your eyes work with one another

  • If there are any visible abnormalities with any of the internal or external structures of the eye

  • How well your eyes respond to light

  • How good your peripheral vision is

  • How well you can see and identify different colors

  • What the pressure is inside your eyes (intraocular pressure)

  • If any of the cells of your eyes have started to deteriorate

  • The health and condition of the blood vessels at the back of your eye


Dr. Kea and the team will explain to you how each of these assessments is carried out and what information they provide. The results will be used to build up an accurate picture of your overall vision and eye health.

Visual acuity test


This is the part of an eye exam that most people are familiar with and is used to determine how clearly you can see at different distances – near, far, and intermediate. The results will tell Dr. Kea whether or not you would benefit from prescription lenses, either in the form of glasses or contact lenses. The test itself will involve reading letters on a chart at distance or words off of a page held the same distance away as you would usually hold a book. If you can see the words nearby clearly but those further away appear blurred, you are nearsighted (myopia). If the opposite is true, you will be diagnosed as farsighted (hyperopia). Blurred vision at both distances could indicate a condition called astigmatism. Fortunately, each of these can usually be corrected using prescription lenses. 


If you need prescription lenses, Dr. Kea and the team will be happy to recommend the most appropriate glasses or contact lenses based on your visual needs and lifestyle.


If you are looking for an eye doctor in Tupelo, look no further than our Primary Eye Care eye doctor, Dr. Joe Kea. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your eye test.

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