If it has been a while since you have had an eye exam, it is natural to be a little anxious about what to expect when you visit your ophthalmologist in Canton. What you may remember from childhood visits to the eye doctor are no longer the most commonly used practices for basic check ups. Here are the things that you can likely expect during a basic eye exam.


You should be prepared for an eye exam to take up to an hour, but possibly longer depending on what conditions you may have. If you wear corrective lenses, have a disease that affects your vision, or have recently had an eye injury, your appointment may take longer.

An Array of Vision Tests

There are several different types of vision tests that your eye doctor in Canton can use to test your eyesight. A visual acuity test is familiar to most people – it involves reading letters off a chart while covering one eye. The “cover test” is often performed when the doctor asks a patient to focus on a small object, such as their nose, or a point on the wall, and then covers one eye at a time. An “eye movement” test asks you to focus on a moving object, such as the doctor’s finger, and follow its path in the air.

All of these tests, as well as others, can help a doctor determine if your eyes are working as they should, both individually and together.

Special Testing

If you are over 60, or have a family history of certain diseases, you may have to undergo a few other tests for glaucoma, macular degeneration, or cataracts. The doctor will take pictures of your eye by placing your face against a machine, and asking you to hold your eye open as wide as you can. While some eye doctors use dilation to help get a good image, others do not require that your eyes be dilated.

Learn More about Eye Exams

After your exam, you will be able to purchase glasses or contacts if you need them, and given any prescriptions you may require. To find out more about eye exams at our Canton, OH office on Mercy Drive Northwest, you can call us during business hours at (330) 489-1441, or get in touch after hours through our website here. Our friendly staff at Fladen Eye Center can explain procedures more thoroughly, or help you make an appointment to meet with us in person.