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Eye health is important for everyone, including babies, people with disabilities, or even really shy children. What do all these people have in common? They may not be the most talkative, or even talk at all during an eye exam. But, THAT’S OK! We can still check their eyes and even determine the prescription they need in their glasses.An old women getting an eye exam

But how? Well for starters, we need to check their vision.

This includes having them:

  • Read letters
  • Read numbers
  • Tell us what picture they see
  • Watch their eye movements when shown two options of cards to look

Some stroke patients are very aware and cognitive of the letters they see but are unable to verbalize it. We typically have them trace the letter they see on their leg.

For children that are super shy, we’ll give them a card with all the pictures on it and they can point to the picture on the card to match what they see in the distance.

Even if none of those options work, we can STILL GET THEIR PRESCRIPTION! We will put dilation drops in their eyes and after their pupil (the dark spot in the center) gets really big, we use a special flashlight to watch the reflex in their eyes. This tells us the power needed, if any, in a pair of glasses. We like to ask their opinion on which of the two options they like more, but if they can’t or won’t answer, we still have a very good idea of how they see.

If someone is nonverbal or has a tough time getting their eyes checked, we can also read their older glasses to get a starting prescription. If they’re lost, we can call their previous optical and get the prescription over the phone.

The rest of the exam doesn’t require too much in terms of speaking, but just looking at the health of the eyes with more flashlights and microscopes.

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