What happens during an eye exam?
Your health history, current vision needs and concerns regarding your eye health determine the course of your eye exam. Generally, eye exams include most or all of the following:
The gathering of relevant symptoms and history of your health is essential to determine what issues we need to look for as well as how to treat you. This info includes any vision symptoms you are experiencing, eye injuries, medications, a family history of diseases like hypertension and diabetes, and any potential environmental causes your work or home may have.
Also known as a visual acuity test, eye charts are used to measure your eye strength at near and far distances. Other tests that you may experience will measure depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision, eye muscle function, and how pupils respond to light.
Your optometrist will have you look through a series of different lenses asking you which of the two choices is clearer. This allows your eye doctor to get the most accurate prescription for your eyes to correct problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
The reflection from a circle of light off your cornea (the clear outer part of your eye) is measured to determine the right fit for contact lenses. It also allows your eye doctor to measure the outer contour to measure astigmatism.
An instrument releases a small puff of air into the eye as a sensor measures the corresponding indentation on the surface of the eye. This tests your eye to ensure a buildup of pressure has not occurred. Eyes continually produce and drain clear fluid from the eye. If drainage is not occurring as it should, it can cause a pressure buildup and damage the optic nerve, causing Glaucoma.
Eye movement tests
This test assesses how efficient your eyes are able to adapt to a change in focus and move together in unison (aka eye teaming). Evaluating your eye movement can help your optometrist identify issues impacting your focus or binocular vision.
Eye drops are used to dilate your pupils which will give your optometrist a better view of your eye structures including your retina, optic never and more. Dilation-free retinal imaging may be available as an alternative to eye drops (not available at all locations).
Contact lens exams
A contact lens exam and fitting are required in addition to a standard eye exam if you wear or want to wear contact lenses. Special tests are administered to measure your pupil and iris, map your cornea, and evaluate your tear film. Your eyes will also need to be checked for damage and changes contact lens use might have caused.
Eye exams for kids in Kokomo
We provide affordable eye exams for toddlers and kids ages 3 and up. If you need a referral for an infant or child under 3 years old, call us for a referral! We're happy to help.
Learn more about kids' eye exams and check out our current deals including special pricing on eye exams.
Eye exams for seniors
Older adults have an increased risk of vision loss and certain eye diseases. Regular eye exams help detect problems early so they can be treated effectively. Our optometrists provide affordable eye exams for seniors and accept Medicare Part B for vision care.
How much does an eye exam cost?
We’re currently offering extensive eye exams for only $69 at all Heartland Vision locations in Indiana!
Using insurancefor an eye exam
The majority of vision insurance plans will cover all or most of the cost for your recommended yearly eye exam. Insurance plans will sometimes pay for part of your eyeglasses or contact lenses too.
Your medical insurance may also be billed in addition to your vision insurance if you have certain medical conditions like pink eye or glaucoma.
Heartland Vision accepts a huge amount of vision insurance carries to ensure you’re getting the most out of your vision insurance or union health & welfare plan. We even provide a free coverage check to verify you’re getting the maximum benefits from your insurance. If your insurance plan doesn’t cover everything, we’ll break down exactly what those out of pocket costs entail so you don’t have any surprises when the bill comes.
Heartland Vision certified opticians are well versed with the techniques insurance providers employ to limit their own costs. As such, they are knowledgeable enough to help you get the most out of your vision insurance, union health & welfare plan, HSA (Health Savings Account) or flex dollars.
No insurancefor an eye exam
If you don’t have insurance you are still qualified for our services. Many of our valued patients do not have vision insurance and are still able to get affordable extensive eye exams. We’ll lay out all the options for you whether you have insurance or not and get you set up with an affordable payment plan you can manage.