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Comprehensive Eye Health Exam
Every eye exam starts with your vision but we
also check so much more:
Detailed health and visual history - We are
interested in your medical history since the eyes can
show signs of diseases such as diabetes and
hypertension. What are your visual demands and
Refraction and measurement of your visual
acuity - This is a complicated test that determines your prescription. This is utilized to
help you reach your visual goals.
Evaluation of the muscles that control your eyes - This is essential as muscle
problems can be the hidden reason for headaches and eyestrain.
Biomicroscopy - This is a magnified examination of the front of the eye (lids, lashes,
cornea, iris and lens). We can detect cataracts, dry eye and corneal problems that cause
discomfort and vision loss.
Examination of the retina - We examine the optic nerve (to detect glaucoma), the
blood vessels (to rule out diabetes and hypertension) and the retina (for tears, tumors or
bleeding) to obtain information about your health in general. The eye is the only place in
the body a doctor is able to directly view the health of arteries and veins. We have
diagnosed glaucoma, diabetes, cancer and brain tumors in patients. If these are caught
early you sight and/or life can be saved. The Optomap aids us greatly in examining the
inside of your eyes.
Visual field testing - This test measures the side vision in each eye. A defect could
mean a problem with the optic nerve (such as glaucoma) or in the brain.
Tonometry - Sometimes described as the “glaucoma test,” this test measures the
pressure within your eye. Increased eye pressure is rarely painful, but can lead to
glaucoma and progressive vision loss.
Summary and discussion with the doctor - Your doctor will summarize your eye
examination results in terms you can understand. There may be treatment options for
cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes or other eye conditions. Your doctor will lay out different
options for your vision correction. These may include: glasses, orthokeratology, daytime
contact lenses or no changes may be necessary. Ask your doctor any questions you may
have - we’re here for you!