What To Expect At Your Eye Exam

At Pearle Vision, care is at the heart of everything we do. The optometrists at Pearle understand each patient has a different story, which is why they take the time to learn about you to better cater to your eye care needs. Eye exams typically can last about 45 minutes but the duration of your appointment can vary depending on the reason for your visit. It is important to note that a comprehensive eye exam has more to do with the steps the doctor is taking, rather than just duration alone. Before coming in, here's what you can expect:

Patient History

Be prepared to answer questions relating to any eye health problems you have experienced, past and present. These can include:

  • When your eye or vision symptoms began
  • What medications you are taking
  • Any work-related or environmental conditions that may be affecting your vision.
  • Any previous eye or health conditions you and your family members have experienced.
  • History of health and eye issues in family

Plan To Bring:

  • Health insurance cards and information
  • Bringing your healthcare information will expedite the process and make filling paperwork out easier.
  • A list of medications you are currently taking
  • It's important that your optometrist knows what medications you are on, even the ones that may not seem relevant to your eyesight.
  • Your current eyewear and prescription
  • This includes the glasses that you use daily, reading glasses and sunglasses.
  • General understanding of your family's eye history

Lens Options:

The professionals at Pearle Vision understand the selection of lenses may seem overwhelming, which is why we are here to help! We recommend speaking with the Pearle Vision team to determine which type of lens best suits your vision needs and lifestyle prior to heading into frame selection. Lens page

Frame Selection

When the optometrist has completed their testing, then comes the fun part! Head to the frame gallery to find the right pair of frames suited for you. Once you have decided on a style, you will likely wait up to 7 days to get your frames.

Payment Options

Ensuring that your eyes receive the genuine quality of care they deserve is our ultimate priority, which is why at Pearle Vision, we work to make the payment process as stress free as we possible. We work with all major health and benefits plans, including EyeMed, United Healthcare, and FSA's. For more information on the insurance accepted at your neighborhood Pearle Vision, please review our insurance policy page here Insurance page.

Types of Testing

Each patient's unique symptoms, along with our professional judgment, will determine what tests you receive during your visit. A comprehensive adult eye and vision examination may include a number of tests. The most common tests are listed here:

Patient Receiving Rx:

Visual Acuity

  • Used to determine the smallest letters you can read on the Snellen chart.


  • Measures the curvature of the cornea to determine any possible signs of astigmatism.

Cover test

  • Examines eye movement and perception to determine whether one eye is working harder than the other

Ocular movement testing

  • Measures eye movement in response to images, light and other triggers.


  • Measures a person's prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Patient Needing Contact Lenses:

If you prefer to wear contact lenses rather than glasses, you will need to take a few additional tests, We will most likely perform a few, if not all, of the below tests, to ensure that your contact lenses fit you comfortably and accurately. For initial contact lens wearers, it standard to need follow up appointments to ensure that the lenses are resting properly on your eyes.

Cornea Measurements

  • The curvature of the front of the eye will be measured to inform the proper curve and size of the contact lens.

Pupil Measurements

  • The size of the pupil is measured to help inform the appropriate size of the contact lenses.

Tear Film Evaluation

  • A tear film evaluation test may be provided to ensure that the eyes are not too dry for contact lenses. This may be done by inserting a small strip of paper under the lower eyelid, or using fluorescein dye to the eye.

Evaluation of the eyes surface and fit

  • A slit lamp will be used to provide the optometrist a highly magnified view of the cornea and other tissues to ensure that contact lens wear hasn't effected the health of your eyes .

Patient With Other Needs:

Color blindness

  • Screening and quantitative tests to diagnose any color vision deficiency


  • Measures a person's prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses

Glaucoma testing

  • Regular check-ups are encouraged to pick up on early signs of potential vision loss.

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