Comprehensive Eye Exam
When patients visit EYES, they can be assured they are receiving the best vision care possible. Our physicians focus on total eye care health and are constantly striving to improve the quality of care we provide. Our caring and compassionate staff will make you feel at home and can answer any questions you have regarding your vision concerns.
At EYES, we recommend that you have a comprehensive eye examination every one to two years. Periodic eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care. Various eye and medical problems can be found by a routine eye test, including glaucoma, cataracts, high blood pressure, macular degeneration and diabetes. People with diabetes should have their eyes examined at least once a year.
What to expect during your exam
Your eye exam will involve a series of tests designed to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases. Each test during an eye exam evaluates a different aspect of your vision and your doctor will use different types of instruments to check all the areas of your eyes.
The exam will usually begin with the technician taking you to our pre-testing area where they will do an optomap, auto refraction and read your glasses. The technician will then take you into an exam room and ask about your medical history, medications and if you are having any vision problems. Next they will check your eyes using a light to ensure the exterior parts of your eyes are healthy. Your visual acuity will be measured and refraction will be done. Intraocular pressures will be checked during this time. The doctor will then review all the data the technician has documented and examine your eyes for signs of disease.
Tests that may be included in your comprehensive eye exam
A Non dilated retinal image that provides an ultra wide 82% view of the retina. Traditional methods (dilation) only reveal 10-12% of your retina at one time. Optomap is affordable, takes less than a minute to perform and is not painful. A simple Optomap image is an important tool for the screening and early visualization of eye problems such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal holes or tears and age-related macular degeneration. Click here for more information about Optos, the device we use to capture your Optomap images.
Slit – Lamp exam
The slit-lamp examination looks at structures that are at the front of the eye. This instrument is the first in an Ophthalmologist's tool kit and is the foundation to any eye exam.
Tonometry is a test to measure the pressure inside your eyes. The test is used to screen for glaucoma and the results will be analyzed by the Ophthalmologist to determine if you have, or are a suspect for, glaucoma.
The refraction test is an eye exam that measures a person’s prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. A refraction is applicable only for one year and must be signed by a licensed physician to be valid. You should get a new refraction if yours is more than one year old or anytime you feel your vision has changed and your current glasses no longer work for you.