Eye exams on a regular basis are important in order to maintain optimum vision and to detect eye diseases and conditions in their earliest stages. An eye exam may be scheduled with any of our doctors and will include a dilated retinal exam, complete eye health evaluation and glasses prescription, if necessary. Additional services, such as contact lens fittings are available.
Your eye exam may consist of the following routine tests to achieve an accurate prescription and to evaluate the health of your eyes:
- Bio Microscope Exam – The doctor uses the bio microscope to evaluate your ocular and retinal health, and to evaluate and monitor eye infection, such as pink eye, irritation or allergies and inflammations.
- Intraocular Pressure – Used in conjunction with dilation and the bio microscope, this test aids in the early detection of glaucoma.
- Pupil Response – The doctor or technician will perform this test to see if signals are reaching your brain as they should. Pupils should be reactive to both light and dark. If this is not the case, it could indicate retinal disease or other neurological problems like brain tumors.
- Visual Acuity – This is a simple measurement using an eye chart to see how well you can see with and without corrective lenses.
- Refraction – Refraction is used to determine whether or not you need a glasses prescription.
- Extraocular Muscles – The eyes are examined to make sure they are aligned and working together as a team. If the eyes are crossed, then the appropriate treatment, such as patching or spectacle lens wear, is indicated.
- Confrontational Visual Field Testing – This is used as a screening tool to ensure there are no limitations to the patient’s field of view. It can also aid in the detection of previous strokes and even brain tumors.
- Dilation – Dilation is used to both achieve an accurate prescription of your vision and to assist in the detection of existing and potential eye diseases and retinal disorders. Some of the conditions, which can be detected with dilation, include hypertension, diabetes, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. We encourage our patients to plan for a driver due to dilation.
Comprehensive eye exams and first-time visits, including children’s exams, may take as long as one-to-two hours. Please allow ample time for your examination.