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A standard Hartford Eye Exam includes the following:

Visual Acuity Tests

  • Measures sharpness of your vision
  • Uses a projected eye chart to measure your distance visual acuity
  • A small hand-held acuity chart measures your near vision

Color Blindness Test

  • Checks your color vision to rule out color blindess
  • Can detect hereditary color vision deficiencies
  • Alert your eye doctor to possible eye health problems that may affect your color vision

Cover Test

  • Checks eye alignment
  • Your eye doctor will have you focus on a small object across the room and then he or she will cover each of your eyes alternately while you stare at the target
  • Can detect strabismus or a more subtle binocular vision problem that can could eye strain


  • Determines your exact eyeglass prescription
  • Your doctor will put an instrument called a phoropter in front of your eyes and shows you a series of lens choices, then asks which of the two lenses in each choice looks clearer
  • The refraction determines your level of hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia

Autorefractors and Aberrometers

  • Your eye doctor also may use an autorefractor or aberrometer to automatically determine your prescription
  • An autorefractor, like a manual refraction, determines the lens power required to accurately focus light on your retina
  • Useful in certain cases such as evaluating young children who may not sit still, pay attention or interact with the eye doctor adequately for an accurate manual refraction

Slit-Lamp Examination

  • The slit lamp is an instrument that the eye doctor uses to examine the health of your eyes
  • Your doctor will place your chin on the chin rest of the slit lamp and will look through a set of oculars to examine each part of your eye
  • Allows your eye doctor to get a highly magnified view of the structures of your eye to thoroughly evaluate your eye health and detect any signs of infection or disease

The Glaucoma Test

  • Glaucoma tests have several variations, all designed to measure the pressure inside your eyes
  • In one type of Glaucoma test, your eye doctor will put yellow eye drops in your eye to numb it then have you stare straight ahead into the slit lamp to measure your pressure
  • Routine eye exams that include tonometry are essential to rule out early signs of glaucoma and protect your eyesight
  • To obtain a better view of the eye’s internal structures, your eye doctor instills dilating drops to enlarge your pupils
  • Once the drops have taken effect, your eye doctor will use various instruments to look inside your eyes
  • Pupil dilation is very important for people with risk factors for eye disease, because it allows for the most thorough evaluation of the health of the inside of your eyes

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