Most people think that if they don’t need glasses then there is nothing wrong with their eyes. However, there are many eye disease that don’t change your vision right away. The best way detect these conditions is with routine eye examinations.
What to expect at your eye exam:
-Medical and Ocular History
Many diseases of the body can also affect your eyes. It is important to bring with you a list of your medical conditions as well as the name and dose of any med ications that you take.
If you have ever been diagnosed with an eye disease, eye infection or have had any eye injuries or surgeries, please let us know.
This is the part where you read the letters and numbers on the eye chart. It helps us determine how clearly you are seeing. A person with 20/30 visual acuity would have to get within 20 feet of a letter that should be seen at 30 feet in order to see it clearly. Normal distance visual acuity is 20/20.
-Entrance or Preliminary Tests
We want to make sure that your eye is functioning properly so we perform a series of tests that measure:
-Reaction of the Eyes to Light and Dark Settings
Also known as “better number one or number two”. We use this procedure to determine what type of lenses, if any, improve your vision. Whether you need bifocals, trifocals, distance glasses, reading glasses, or special occupational glasses, we can tailor a prescription just for you.
-Eye Health Evaluation
With the use of a special microscope designed for examining the eyes, we are able to evaluate nearly all structure of the eyes. We start with the front portion which includes the eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, and iris among others.
The evaluation of cataracts and the retina is usually performed with the aid of dilating drops. These drops temporarily make your pupil larger. This enables us to get a full view of the back of the eye and makes early detection of eye disease much easier. Many people are nervous about being dilated, but you must remember that the benefits FAR outweigh the light sensivity and blurry vision that you may experience for a few hours after the examination.
During the eye health examination, we will also perform a glaucoma screening test. We use either a puff of air or a blue light to determine your eye pressure. Elevated eye pressure may be a sign of glaucoma.
Photographs of the eye are a great way to establish a baseline of the eyes appearance. This makes it easier to detect subtle changes that may lead to vision threatening diseases.
If we are concerned about a potential vision disorder, we may have you complete additional testing in order to rule out or confirm the diagnosis.
-Discussion and Findings
At the end of the examination, we will discuss with you our findings and recommendations. If you have any questions about your eyes, please do not hesistate to ask us!