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Comprehensive Eye Exam

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Getting an eye exam is an important part to remaining healthy, do you know what to expect? Read up on the basics to understand why a comprehensive eye exam is important and learn what to expect during your exam.

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WHAT IS TYPICALLY CHECKED DURING AN EXAM?

WHAT IS TYPICALLY CHECKED DURING AN EXAM?

A comprehensive eye exam is relatively simple and comfortable and shouldn’t take more than 60 to 90 minutes.

WHAT IS TYPICALLY CHECKED DURING AN EXAM?

A comprehensive eye exam is relatively simple and comfortable and shouldn’t take more than 60 to 90 minutes.

The exam may include checks on the following:

Your Medical History

Your Medical History

First, we will ask you for an assessment of your vision and your overall health. Your family’s medical history, whether you wear corrective lenses or whether you are on any medication will also be of interest to our staff.

Pupils

Pupils

Our staff may evaluate how your pupils respond to light by shining a bright beam of light through your pupils with a device called a transilluminator. We want to make sure your pupils respond in a healthy way.

Side Vision

Side Vision

Your exam may include a visual field test to check for the possible presence of blind spots in your peripheral vision. Loss of side vision is a symptom of glaucoma. Because you may lose side vision without knowing it, this test can identify eye problems of which you may not be aware.

Eye Movement

Eye Movement

This test, called ocular motility, evaluates the movement of your eyes. We want to ensure you have proper eye alignment and ocular muscle function. Common tests measure the eyes and their ability to move quickly in all directions and slowly track objects.

Visual Acuity

Visual Acuity

This is the part of an eye exam people are probably most familiar with. Our staff will ask you to read a standardized eye chart to determine how well you see at various distances. These tests are called refractions. The test is performed on one eye at a time by covering the eye not being tested and then again on both together after the best visual acuity has been achieved in both eyes. You will also get an eyeglasses prescription if one is needed.

Eye Pressure

Eye Pressure

This test, called tonometry, measures the pressure within your eye- intraocular eye pressure, or IOP. The test may involve gently applying a pressure-sensitive tip near or against your eye. Anesthetic drops are typically used to provide comfort and ensure a pain-free experience. We do not use a puff test as we find our methods more accurate in determining your pressure.

Pupil Dilation

Pupil Dilation

For our physicians to get a better view of your eye’s internal structures, we often use dilating drops to enlarge your pupils. Dilating drops usually take about twenty minutes to start working and wear off after several hours. When your pupils are dilated, you will be sensitive to light (because more light is getting into your eye) and you may notice difficulty focusing on objects up close. Once the drops have taken effect, our doctors will use various instruments to look inside your eyes. Please bring a pair of sunglasses for your drive home to minimize glare and light sensitivity and to make it more comfortable. We have disposable sunglasses for you to take as well so you do not need to worry. Pupil dilation can be very important because it allows us to give you the most thorough evaluation of the overall health of your eyes.

Slit Lamp Exam

Slit Lamp Exam

A type of microscope called a slit lamp is used to illuminate the front part of your eye including the eyelids, cornea, iris, and lens. Our physicians can determine whether you are developing cataracts or have any scratches or scars on your cornea.

Retina and Optic Nerve

Retina and Optic Nerve

Our doctors will thoroughly examine your retina and optic nerve, located at the back of your eye, for signs of damage.

TESTING

TESTING

We may suggest additional testing to further examine your eyes such as OCT, topography, or fundus photos. These tests can be crucial in diagnosing disease in its early stages and allow us to track changes in your eyes.

Comprehensive Eye Exam

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