Importance of Routine Eye Exams

Comprehensive Eye Exams vs. Basic Refractions: Why It Matters

Just like annual physicals or dental check-ups, comprehensive eye exams play a crucial role in maintaining overall health. Regardless of your current eyesight, scheduling regular eye exams is vital for staying proactive about your well-being.

When it comes to your eye health, who you see matters. At Aegis by Abraham Eye Associates, we provide comprehensive eye exams that go beyond basic refractions. Understanding the difference is crucial for maintaining your long-term eye health. Before scheduling your next eye appointment, ensure you're comparing apples to apples – not all eye exams are created equal.

What is a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

A comprehensive eye exam at Aegis Eyecare is performed by licensed Optometrists or Ophthalmologists specializing in eye health.


  • Evaluates overall eye health and vision
  • Detects eye diseases and conditions, even without symptom


  • Visual Acuity Test: Measures how clearly you can see
  • Refraction Assessment: Determines your exact prescription
  • Eye Muscle Balance Test: Checks how your eyes work together
  • Pupil Response Evaluation: Assesses neurological function
  • Peripheral Vision Check: Detects potential vision loss
  • Intraocular Pressure: Measurement: Screens for glaucoma
  • Slit Lamp Examination: Inspects the structures of your eye
  • Dilated Fundus Examination: Examines the back of your eye

What is a Basic Refraction?

Often offered at big box stores and retail glasses stores, a basic refraction may be conducted by Optometrists, often with limited time and resources.


  •  Primarily checks vision and updates prescriptions
  •  Minimal screening for obvious eye health issue


  • Visual Acuity Test
  • Refraction Assessment
  • Basic External Eye Check



Key Differences:

  • Depth of Examination: Comprehensive exams evaluate overall eye health, while basic refractions focus primarily on vision correction and quick eyeglass sales. Beyond vision correction, comprehensive eye exams can detect various health issues, including diabetes, brain tumors, autoimmune disorders, and skin cancer on the eyelid.
  • Disease Detection: Comprehensive exams can detect high blood pressure and progressive eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts before they progress, enabling us to prevent vision loss and ensure clear sight for life. Basic refractions often fall short in detecting underlying eye health issues.
  • Expertise: At Aegis Eyecare, exams are performed by experienced eye care professionals dedicated to your overall eye health.

Why Choose a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

At Aegis Eyecare, our comprehensive exams go beyond just checking your vision. We invest the time and use advanced technology to thoroughly assess your overall eye health. Our experienced eye care professionals are dedicated to providing personalized care that considers your entire health history and lifestyle.

  • Early Detection: Many eye diseases don't have early symptoms. Our comprehensive approach ensures that we catch potential issues early when they're most treatable, and provide you with the highest standard of eye care.
  • Personalized Care: We consider your entire health history and lifestyle to provide tailored eye care advice.
  • Advanced Technology: We use state-of-the-art equipment for accurate diagnoses and treatment plans.
  • Long-term Eye Health: Regular comprehensive exams help maintain your eye health over time.
When to Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam:

Adults should have a comprehensive exam every 1-2 years. More frequent exams may be necessary if you:

  •  Are over 60
  •  Wear contact lenses
  •  Have a family history of eye disease
  •  Have conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure

Remember, your eyes are precious, and who you trust with your eye care can make a significant difference in your long-term health. When scheduling your next eye exam, make sure you're getting a truly comprehensive evaluation from experienced professionals who prioritize your eye health, not just your prescription.

Schedule Your Comprehensive Eye Exam

Choose Aegis Eyecare for eye exams that go beyond basic refractions.

Protect your vision with the thorough care you deserve. Book your comprehensive eye exam with Aegis Eyecare today, and experience the difference that expert, comprehensive eye care can make.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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