Eye Exams Specialist

Austin Eye Center

Retina Specialist located in Austin, TX

Eye exams are an important part of maintaining good health and protecting your vision. Ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained retina specialist Fuad Makkouk, MD, performs eye exams with state-of-the-art testing for patients ages 12 and older at Austin Eye Center in Austin, Texas. To schedule your eye exam, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Eye Exams

What does an eye exam entail?

Comprehensive eye exams involve a series of tests to assess your vision and screen for eye diseases. These exams are simple and comfortable and should not take longer than 45-90 minutes.

When you visit Austin Eye Center for an exam, Dr. Makkouk begins by asking about your vision and medical history. Depending on your needs, he may use a variety of state-of-the-art instruments and devices to check your eyes. 

What tests might I get during an eye exam?

The tests you need during an eye exam vary based on your age, medical history, and any symptoms you may have. One of the most common tests included in an eye exam measure your visual acuity. This test involves reading letters from a chart with one eye covered.

Other tests Dr. Makkouk may perform include:

  • Testing your prescription for corrective lenses
  • Checking your pupils with a bright beam of light
  • Evaluating your side (peripheral) vision to check for glaucoma
  • Testing your eye movement (ocular motility) and alignment
  • Measuring your eye pressure (tonometry) to check for glaucoma
  • Using a slit-lamp microscope to check your eyelids, cornea, iris, and lens
  • Using dilating eyedrops to examine your retina and optic nerve

Dr. Makkouk may suggest other tests to further evaluate your eye health. He uses specialized imaging techniques to take pictures of the retinal tissue at the back of your eye.

When should I get an eye exam?

Dr. Makkouk provides comprehensive eye exams to adults and children ages 12 and above at Austin Eye Center. If you or your child has a known vision problem, you should get routine eye exams at least once per year. 

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that all adults get a comprehensive eye exam at age 40, even if they do not have a history of vision problems. However, you should not wait until age 40 if you have one or more of the following:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of eye disease

If any of these conditions apply to you, you should schedule an exam at Austin Eye Center right now. Call or book an appointment online today.