Eye Exams I don't wear glasses. Do I still need to get my eyes checked? Yes! Preventive eye exams do a lot more than check your vision. Think of your eyes as an early warning system for the body. A visit to the optometrist can reveal potential warning signs of serious health issues such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes long before symptoms show up anywhere else in the body.How often should I have an eye examination? It's recommended you go every 2 years, unless your optometrist suggests more regular visits. If you wear contact lenses, you need a yearly consultation to make sure there are no subtle biological changes happening on the eye surface.How long does an eye test take? The average first appointment takes about 30 minutes. If you need multiple tests or if you have a more complex problem, it may take longer or you may need to come back for another visit. For more information, visit Eye Examinations.Why does the optometrist do so many tests? Optometrists perform various tests to examine all parts of the eye, as well as to gauge your overall health. Some procedures are designed to check your vision, others allow the optometrist to look at the structure of the eye, and still others help detect specific diseases. People of different ages also need different tests, to check for age-related conditions.I’ve heard about new photos and scans that help optometrists see even deeper into the eye. Can I have these done at Health Partners Optical? Yes. Not only have we provided free digital retinal imaging to our members for a number of years, all of our stores are now equipped with OCT scanning instruments, which enable eye diseases to be detected even earlier than via conventional methods. It’s the most comprehensive eye scan you can get, and members get 40% off.