It is important to train your employees on the basics of conducting an eye exam. Although it may sound simple, missing or messing up a step could cost a patient their vision. Don’t let this happen. Here are some tips to follow to give a proper eye examination:
- Explain to the patient why regular vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care.
- Make sure the room that the exam is conducted in is well lit, but not enough to distract from the viewer’s normal eyesight. In addition, limit the amount of movement in the room.
- Have the patient stand 20 feet away from the Snellen eye chart and ask him/her to cover one eye.
- The patient should begin by reading the top line of the eye chart and then move on to the line underneath and continue. Record the letters as the patient reads them.
- Have the eye health history of the patient with you to help determine any symptoms or problems that may be affecting vision.
- When conducting an external examination of the eye, evaluate the cornea, eyelids, conjunctiva, and surrounding eye tissue.
- Exam the lens and retina through a slit-lamp, but make sure the light is on the lowest setting.