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How Long Does an Eye Exam Take?

How Long Does An Eye Exam Take - Tonic Eye Care & Vision Therapy

With our busy lives these days, it’s easy to forget about the importance of getting a comprehensive eye check-up. Getting regular eye exams can not only help improve your eye health, but they can also help preserve it. Some immediate benefits include being able to see more clearly, provide you with possible future treatment and advice, as well as help prevent damage and disease. With significant improvements made to eye exams, technology, and care, exams provide great insights into helping you keep your eyes healthy.

A comprehensive eye exam, in general, takes between 45 to 60 minutes.The time may vary depending on several factors.

What Determines How Long an Eye Exam Takes? 

Your eye exam may take more or less time depending on:

  • Your age
  • Your and your family’s medical history
  • Any current symptoms or conditions
  • Any previously diagnosed eye disorders or diseases
  • If you need contacts
  • If you need glasses
  • If the optometrist dilates your pupils 
  • If it’s your first visit to the office

What Happens During an Eye Exam?

During an eye exam, your vision and overall ocular health are analyzed through a series of tests. Your eye exam may include the following:

  • Visual acuity test (read an eye chart with progressively smaller rows of letters)
  • Peripheral vision test (spot changes or movement in your peripheral vision)
  • Slit-lamp exam (uses a slit-lamp microscope to assess certain internal and external eye structures)
  • Refraction exam (look through various lenses to determine the prescription for your corrective lenses)
  • Binocular testing (assess how your eyes move to check for abnormalities)
  • Color vision test (shown images that test for color blindness)
  • Eye pressure measurement (tonometry to measure your intraocular pressure)
  • Dilation exam (examine the back of your eye to assess your retinal health)

How Long Does an Eye Exam with Dilation Take?

Eye exams which include dilation can take up to an hour or more, as the eye drop that dilates your eyes may need up to 30 minutes to fully take effect. The time may vary depending on whether you’re currently taking certain eye medications. Once the eyes have been dilated, the optometrist can then be able to look through the pupils of your eyes to examine the interior parts of it, such as the retina and optic nerve.

Set Some Time Aside for Your Eyes

The eye exam itself can take approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Ensure to give your pupils sufficient time to recover. Your appointment should take the amount of time necessary to ensure the best care and health of your eyes and vision.

How Long Will My Pupils Stay Dilated?

Although times may vary from patient to patient, typically, the pupils can stay dilated for up to six hours after an eye exam. It is important that on the day of your appointment, that you bring a pair of sunglasses as well coordinate a safe ride home. As the drops wear off, your eyes may experience intense sensitivity to bright light and glare. It’s recommended that you rest your eyes as much as possible following your eye exam.

Is an Eye Exam Different from a Contact Lens Exam?

Yes, an eye exam is different from a contact lens exam. A contact lens exam involves a fitting procedure where the eye doctor takes additional measurements as well as assesses visual correction, the tear film, comfort, and fit of a specific contact lens. The contact lens exam can be done on the same day as your comprehensive eye exam, however, be sure to plan for additional time for the exam and let the eye doctor know that you are wanting contact lenses prior to your appointment. You may also need to plan for follow-up appointments.

Training can be provided on how to insert and remove contact lenses from your eyes if it’s your first time wearing contacts. The goal would be to ensure that your contacts are the right fit, size, comfort, and provide the clearest vision.

How Long Does It Take to Get Prescription Glasses After an Eye Exam?

Following your eye exam, it can take approximately 2-3 weeks to get your new pair of prescription glasses. At Tonic Eye Care, we offer a wide range of fashionable glasses and sunglasses frames for the whole family – even babies!

It is important to consult with your optometrist before buying glasses or contact lenses online to ensure that you get the right fit for your eyes. Licensed eye care professionals can take accurate glasses measurements in person using specialized equipment, including pupillary distance (PD) and ocular centre height (OC height). OC height measurements will change depending on how each frame fits on your individual face.

How Long Does It Take To Get Contacts After an Eye Exam?

If the contact lenses are ordered online or from the eye clinic, then they usually arrive within two weeks. We may also provide trial lenses after your appointment that you’ll be able to wear immediately. You can conveniently order your contact lenses and other eye care products online at our website here:

Your Local Optometrist

Regular checkups with an eye doctor are very important because a professional eye exam will determine what type of care your eyes need and whether or not your vision is healthy. If you’re looking for an optometrist in the Toronto area, contact Tonic Eye Care today for all of your vision needs!

Easily order your contact lenses and nutraceutical products (eye drops, eyelid wipes, omega-3 supplements, etc.) online! Returning patients will automatically have your prescriptions in our system.

Free shipping on all contact lens orders! If you would like us to directly bill your insurance, please contact us by phone or email before placing your online order.

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