You should have an eye exam at least every two years, even if you don’t need corrective lenses for clear vision. At his practice in South Pasadena, California, Mitchell C. Latter, MD, provides comprehensive eye exams to test the clarity of your vision and monitor your eye health. As a board-certified ophthalmologist with over 35 years of experience, Dr. Latter offers customized and friendly eye care to help you see clearly and protect your eye health. If you’re due for an eye exam, call his office or schedule an appointment online today.

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What should I expect during my eye exam?

Dr. Latter provides comprehensive eye exams that measure your visual acuity and the health of your eyes. You can expect several tests, which may include:

  • Visual acuity measures the sharpness of your vision by screening your ability to read the smallest print that you can see on an eye chart
  • Retinoscopy estimates your prescription by measuring the way your eye reflects light through different lenses
  • Refraction determines your corrective lens prescription by having you look through a device with multiple lenses and identify which option is the clearest
  • Cover test checks how well your eyes work together by covering each of your eyes while you look at objects nearby and far away
  • Depth perception measures how your eyes work together to perceive depth and distance
  • Ocular motility measures how well your eyes follow moving objects and can change to look at different objects
  • Slit lamp exam allows the doctor to examine the structure of your eye with high magnification
  • Glaucoma screening tests the pressure in your eye by measuring your eye’s resistance with eye drops and a digital or analog screening
  • Pupil dilation allows Dr. Latter to examine your retina and other internal structures for signs of eye disease

If I don’t need glasses, why should I have my eyes checked?

Even if you don’t need to wear corrective lenses right now, your vision can change. Even if you’ve never had to wear glasses, as you get older your intraocular lens stiffens and causes a condition called presbyopia, which is the clinical term for the vision distortion that makes reading glasses necessary.

Also, many eye diseases don’t cause symptoms in their early stages. Having routine screenings every 12-24 months can ensure that if you do develop an eye condition, Dr. Latter can provide the treatment you need to protect your eye health and your vision.

When should my child start having eye exams?

Dr. Latter provides eye exams for children as young as 3. Your child should have their first eye exam around the age of 3 (unless you or your pediatrician have noted an earlier problem) and then again before they start school.

Signs that your child needs corrective lenses include changes in their academic performance or behavior at school. They might complain of headaches, or you may see them holding books or screens close to their face.

If you or your little one need an eye exam, you can count on expert assessment with Dr. Latter. Call his office or schedule an appointment online today.