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Eye examinations

Eye exams for the whole family

Whether you need a routine eye exam or have a condition that requires monitoring by an eye doctor, our optometrists can help.

We have optometrists in locations across the metropolitan area, so it’s easy to schedule an eye exam near you.


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What is an eye exam?

An eye exam checks your vision as well as the health of your eye.

This shows how sharp your vision is and whether you need eyeglasses, and it determines your eyeglass prescription. It also helps identify other conditions that can affect how well you see, now or in the future. 

Why it's done

The optometrist will test your eyes for a variety of conditions and refer you to an ophthalmologist if needed. An eye exam can identify:

  • nearsightedness – when objects closer to the eye can be seen clearly, while those in the distance are blurry
  • farsightedness – when objects closer to the eye are blurry while those in the distance can be seen clearly
  • astigmatism – when vision is blurry at all distances because of the shape of the eye
  • color blindness
  • problems with depth perception, eye alignment and eye movement
  • conditions like cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration

More information on eye exams

Most adults should have a comprehensive eye exam every 1-2 years. Your doctor may recommend more frequent exams if you have a health condition that affects your eyes.

Children under age 5 have their eyes checked as part of their well child visit with a pediatrician or family medicine provider. School age children should have eye exams every two years, or as recommended by their doctor.

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Source: Allina Health Eye Services
Reviewed by: Tracy Peterson, ABOC

First published: 2/25/2020
Last reviewed: 2/25/2020