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Vision Screening, Eye Exam: What is the Difference?

POSTED ON August 8, 2013

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There is a common misconception that an eye exam and a vision screening are the same thing. The truth is, there are major differences between the two. Vision Screening Photo courtesy : www.mezzmer.comA vision screening is a quick way to evaluate eyesight and check for basic visual impairments. Those who can perform vision screenings include pediatricians, family practitioners, ...

There is a common misconception that an eye exam and a vision screening are the same thing. The truth is, there are major differences between the two.


Vision Screening

vision screening

Photo courtesy : www.mezzmer.com

A vision screening is a quick way to evaluate eyesight and check for basic visual impairments. Those who can perform vision screenings include pediatricians, family practitioners, nurses, technicians, and some public service organizations. The purpose of a screening is to identify if a comprehensive eye exam is needed by the patient.

 

Eye Exam

According to mayoclinc.com an eye exam,  “involves a series of tests designed to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases.” Eye exams can only be performed by optometrists or ophthalmologists. These licensed professionals can pinpoint some diseases before they fully develop and cause major symptoms.

 

Eye screenings are very beneficial, but should not replace a comprehensive eye exam. If you haven’t scheduled your annual eye exam call Dr. Tavel and schedule an appointment at one of our 19 convenient locations.

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