Pre-Employment Eye Exams

Pre-employment eye exams are often in place to confirm that prospective employees can safely perform the duties of a job they’ve applied to. However, according to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), there are restrictions against employers requiring medical examinations before making a job offer. If the exam directly relates to the job description, you are allowed to require non-medical examinations of potential employees. Once an employee is hired, visual evaluations may be conducted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Learn more about these ADA guidelines here.


Visual Exams Offered

At Prime Occupational Medicine, we offer four different types of eye exams. The exams given will vary based on a person’s occupation and company requirements. 

  1. Snellen Chart: The Snellen Chart tests for visual acuity and is the most commonly known eye exam. The chart features a combination of letters or numbers printed on 11 rows in decreasing size. The patient is tested one eye at a time by reading each line at a fixed distance.
  2. Jaeger Chart: The Jaeger Chart is used to test the visual acuity of employees that must read fine print at an up-close distance. The chart features several paragraphs of text ranging in size from smallest to largest. The patient is asked to read each paragraph and is scored based on the smallest print they can accurately read.
  3. Titmus Vision Screener: The Titmus Vision Screener is used to test for eye sharpness. Using a machine, we test the patient’s overall visual acuity, depth and color perception, peripheral vision, binocular vision and muscle balance.
  4. Ishihara Test: Lastly, the Ishihara Test tests for color-blindness. The patient is asked to distinguish numbers printed in colored spots on a background of different colored spots.