Call or Text: 417-886-2020

Eye Exams

Unlike a vision screening or other general eye test, comprehensive eye exams evaluate the entire health of the eye. They also help the optometrist or ophthalmologist determine your unique prescription. Comprehensive eye exams should begin as an infant to ensure proper eye and vision development. Ongoing eye health examinations at regular intervals are also important as many eye diseases and vision changes can occur without warning signs.

What Does a Comprehensive Eye Exam Include?

A comprehensive eye exam includes testing with eye charts that help the doctor determine the sharpness of your vision. We will check your visual acuity, or how well you are able to identify details. This is generally done with charts like the Snellen eye chart.

People usually recognize this test, though they may not know it by name. With an “E” at the top and eleven rows of capital letters, the Snellen chart helps the doctor determine your visual acuity. The fourth line from the bottom is “20/20” vision. This means you can see as well at 20 feet as someone with adequate visual acuity should. Some people can see even better than this, but 20/20 is the standard. It generally means you don’t need corrective lenses to drive or do other everyday activities.

If you are unable to read the smaller lines, the doctor will ask you to determine the characters on the higher lines. From there, a starting point is determined for further testing to narrow down your unique prescription.

During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor does much more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Our staff will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, color vision, assess how your eyes work together, and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.  

Why it’s Important to Get Regular Eye Exams

Comprehensive eye exams often are the first way chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes are detected. Regular eye exams are the best way to ensure eye health and maintaining your best vision possible.

Please call us with questions, or to schedule an appointment!

Contact Us

March 30th, 2020

Sunshine Eye Clinic will continue to be closed for routine eye exams through April 26th, to be in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and the American Optometric Association. We are closely monitoring conditions and recommendations set forth, and plan to re-open on Monday, April 27th.

Our staff will be available Monday through Friday from 9am-1pm to receive phone calls for emergencies as well as scheduling future appointments. Our doctors will be available to see emergency appointments only.

We will be offering a curbside pick-up for contact lenses and eyewear between the hours of 9am-1pm Monday through Friday. Please call or text our office at 417-886-2020 when you arrive, and a staff member will bring them to your vehicle.

We value the safety of our patients, staff, and our community during this time.

Thank You