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In addition to treating medical and surgical diseases of the eye, Central Vermont Eye Care offers comprehensive eye examinations. After all, the road to good eye health begins with regular examinations by a qualified eye care provider.

In a typical examination, your eye doctor will test your eyes and determine your best-corrected vision; this process is called refraction. If eyeglasses are needed, they will be prescribed. A detailed examination of all the structures of your eyes is then performed, including measurement of your intraocular pressure and a dilated fundus examination. These tests are required to diagnose and monitor conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, dry eyes, and macular degeneration. Most patients are able to drive themselves to and from their appointments, but some people may have difficulty doing so. If you have any concerns, please speak to a member of our staff either before or during your appointment.

Although a refraction is an integral part a comprehensive eye examination, most insurance companies have refused to recognize this and, therefore, will not pay for this service. A refraction is required to determine the correct prescription for your eyeglasses or contact lenses. In addition, a refraction is performed when you feel your vision has changed significantly, or if your doctor has found a change in your vision. Finally, a refraction is used to monitor the progression of certain eye conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts. For most patients, a refraction is performed about once a year.

Our refraction policy is updated on a regular basis and can be found posted in our office. If you have any questions or would like to read our policy, please feel free to ask for a copy.

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