Can you remember the last time you had an eye exam or had your eyes checked? If not, there’s a good chance it’s been too long. 

Your eyes should be as much of a priority as the rest of your body. Like annual physicals and dentist appointments, getting eye exams should be part of your routine. At Loden Vision Centers, our team of ophthalmologists is here to make sure your eyes stay healthy.

What to Expect at an Eye Exam

You may be nervous about what to expect if it’s been a long time since you scheduled an eye exam. Here are some of the typical tests done during a comprehensive eye exam:

Medical History Check-In

First, a member of our staff at Loden Vision Centers will begin by going over your medical history and vision. They may ask about your family’s medical history, the current medications you’re on, and if you wear glasses or contact lenses.

Visual Acuity

Most people are already familiar with visual acuity because it involves reading an eye chart. The eye chart helps your eye doctor determine how well you can see at different distances.

You’ll cover one eye while testing the other. Testing your visual acuity is how your ophthalmologist can tell if you have 20/20 vision or not.

Checking Your Prescription

To check your current prescription, your eye doctor will have you look through a phoropter at an eye chart. The phoropter has different lenses in it. These lenses help determine the best prescription for glasses or contact lenses if you need to wear them.

Looking at Your Pupils

Your eye doctor may look at how your pupils respond to light. When they shine a bright beam of light in your eye, your pupils should get smaller.

Checking Peripheral Vision

Although there are few discernible symptoms of glaucoma, one sign is losing your peripheral vision. Your eye doctor will check your peripheral vision to ensure it’s working correctly.

Evaluating Eye Movement

Your ophthalmologist will perform a test called ocular motility to evaluate how your eyes move. They will also see if your eyes align and if your eye muscles are working.

Eye Pressure Testing

Your eye doctor will test your intraocular pressure with a test called tonometry. Having elevated intraocular pressure can be a sign of glaucoma.

Looking at the Front of Your Eye

Using a slit-lamp microscope, your ophthalmologist will light up the front of the eye, giving them access to the cornea, retina, iris, lens, and eyelids. Looking at the front of the eye checks for scratches or scars on the cornea and cataracts.

Dilating Your Pupil to Examine the Retina and Optic Nerve

If your eye doctor chooses to dilate your pupil, they will be able to examine the retina and optic nerve for any signs of damage. Your eyes may be more sensitive to light for a few hours after dilation.

Eye Exam Age Recommendations

When you should have an eye exam depends on age and individual patients. Children should receive regular eye exams from birth to ensure their eyes are healthy and developing correctly.

Infants and Children

Newborns should receive an eye exam at birth, and babies should follow a second vision screening between 6 and 12 months of age, then be checked for healthy eye development between 12 to 36 months. 

Between the ages of 3 to 5 years, children should have their vision and eye alignment checked, and at five years old, children should begin being screened for visual acuity and alignment. Children should start receiving yearly eye exams to keep their eyes healthy.

Baseline Eye Exams for Adults

If you have healthy eyes and do not need to wear glasses or contact lenses to treat refractive errors, you should see your ophthalmologist for an eye exam once in your twenties and twice in your thirties, as recommended by the American Academy for Ophthalmology.

However, if you wear glasses or contact lenses, you should see your ophthalmologist annually to ensure your prescription is up to date. You should also have more regular eye exams if you have a family history of eye disease. Contact your ophthalmologist if you notice any sudden vision changes, an infection, or eye pain.

Adults at 40 

At 40, even if you have healthy eyes and good vision, you should have your eyes checked during a complete eye exam. 40 is when many age-related eye conditions appear, or vision changes start occurring. You’ll want to start seeing your ophthalmologist more frequently at this time. They will give you a schedule to follow.

Adults 65 and Older

If you’re 65 or older, you’ll need to start seeing your eye doctor for an eye exam annually. During these eye exams, they will check you for age-related eye conditions like cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. 

Your risk of developing these eye conditions increases as you grow older.


Here at Loden Vision Centers, our selection of frames is second-to-none. We proudly offer luxury brands like Maui Jim, Costa, Oakley, Kate Spade, Tiffany, and more.

Choosing the right frames for your face shape can be a struggle. Should you choose square, round, or oval frames? 

Talk to one of our licensed opticians! You can count on them to guide you through finding the perfect frames for your style, needs, and face shape.

Your glasses can be more than just a way to see clearly; make them a statement of your style! We are dedicated to sending our patients home with the right frames every time.


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Loden Vision Centers now offers prescription glasses that fit your budget. The EyeSense package includes the frame and several different prescription lens options to fit your needs. Complete pair pricing listed below

  • Single Vision $149
  • Lined Bifocal $189
  • Progressive $199

Package includes a frame and standard prescription lenses.*

*Upgrades are available for an additional fee. Please contact (615) 450 1695 or visit one of our optical boutiques for more details.


Finding contact lenses that suit your needs and lifestyle can be challenging. Which brands and types of contact lenses are best for you? 

Loden Vision Center offers a wide selection of contact lenses. We have something for everybody! 

Whether you’re looking for daily-wear contact lenses, extended-wear contact lenses, or something that will correct your astigmatism, we’ve got you covered. Our optometrists will not only fit you with the perfect pair of contact lenses but are your constant source of information on how to care for them properly. 

Your optometrist will ensure you know the ins and outs of safe contact lens use before leaving their office.


Choosing sunglasses that protect your eyes from UV rays and match your style can be hard. At Loden Vision Centers, our Optical Stylists are here to help you choose the best pair.

Our team will help you choose the right pair to fit your lifestyle so you can take on the outdoors without setbacks.

Visit any of our optical locations and try on some of our top brands!

Are you ready to make your eyes a priority? Schedule an appointment at Loden Vision Centers in Nashville, TN, today!

Smyrna Office

101 Movie Row
Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: (615) 559-4300

Nashville Office

2501 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: (615) 383-7778

Goodlettsville Office

520 Rivergate Pkwy
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Phone: (615) 859-3937

Gallatin Office

1198 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066
Phone: (615) 452-4006

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