We believe that there is much more to a comprehensive eye exam than just an accurate glasses prescription.The nature of the eyes and visual system is such that many conditions can produce very similar symptoms. For example, blurred vision can be caused by something as benign as uncorrected refractive error or as serious as uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes, or even a brain tumor. Therefore, during our comprehensive eye and vision exam, we thoroughly evaluate the function and health of the eyes and total visual system to obtain ample information to diagnose the cause of signs noted by our doctors or symptoms reported by our patients. In addition, potentially blinding conditions such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy may cause no symptoms until they are far advanced and the damage is irreparable.
A summary of our comprehensive eye and vision examination may include:
- Dilation, as necessary, to help view the internal structures of the eye.
- General health screening of physical conditions and prescription medications that may affect your eyesight.
- Evaluation of current glasses prescriptions
- Visual acuity measurement and refraction to determine the degree to which you may be nearsighted, farsighted, presbyopic or have astigmatism.
- Muscle testing to identify any muscle weakness or involuntary movement.
- Binocular vision skills assessment to assure your eyes work together as a team; important for proper depth perception, eye muscle coordination, detection of lazy eye conditions including strabismus and amblyopia, and the ability to change focus from near to far objects.
- Tonometry to measure internal eye pressure and detect glaucoma.
- A comprehensive internal and external eye health assessment using a slit lamp Bio-microscope and Binocular Ophthalmoscope to evaluate all anterior segment aspects of the eye and all posterior segments of the eye.
- Visual field screening to measure peripheral vision and detect diseases of the eyes or neurological disorders.
- Color vision screening for color perception.
- Stereopsis or depth perception evaluation.
- Gonioscopy or anterior segment evaluation.
- Pachymetry to measure corneal thickness to aid in the diagnosis of glaucoma.
- Digital retinal photography view of the retina, giving the doctor a more detailed view.
- Blood pressure testing.