How Much is an Eye Exam?

March 15, 2023

Most of us have trouble keeping up with all the health checkups we should have. However, an eye exam is quick and easy for most people. You might underestimate the importance of an eye exam, but these exams allow your eye specialist to diagnose and treat conditions as they appear. 

Do I Need an Eye Exam?

The simplest answer is that most adults should have a yearly eye exam. However, some people are at higher risk, including those over 50 and those with preexisting eye conditions. Your eye exam tests many aspects of your vision and eye health to determine factors like:

  • Whether you need vision correction
  • Whether you have a developing eye condition
  • Whether your eyes have changed since your last exam

How Much is an Eye Exam?

An eye exam is a series of non-invasive tests. They are typically affordable, with many costing about $100-200. Factors that affect the cost of an eye exam depend on several factors, including:

  • Your location
  • Your provider’s skill and experience
  • Whether you have vision insurance

Some large discount vision providers may offer lower-cost eye exams, but these may not be as thorough or performed as well as an eye exam from a skilled eye specialist. If you have vision insurance, contact your provider to find out if you will have a co-pay for your eye exam. If not, please contact us to learn more about eye exam costs. 

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What Does an Eye Exam Test?

An eye exam includes several important tests in 30 to 60 minutes. These non-invasive tests give your eye doctor a full picture of your eye health and vision. Your exam will check the following:

  • How well you can see at all distances
  • Whether you need vision correction and your prescription if needed
  • How well you see at the sides of your vision (peripheral vision)
  • Whether the muscles of your eyes work properly
  • Whether your pupils respond to light as they should
  • Signs of developing eye conditions

During your eye exam, your eye doctor will usually have you look through lenses that let them perform several tests at the same time. If you have a test for vision correction, your doctor will spend time determining the right prescription to improve your vision. 

Is There Any Downtime After an Eye Exam?

Most people can return to their usual activities immediately after an eye exam. During some exams, your doctor may dilate your pupils. This step allows them to see structures inside the eye more clearly. However, your eyes will be very sensitive to light and your vision will look blurry for a few hours afterward. 

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Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about eye exams, schedule a consultation with our Heart of Texas Eye Care team, serving Dripping Springs, Austin, Kyle, Bee Cave, Marble Falls, and other surrounding areas. Contact us at (512) 213-2220 today!

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