What can you expect from your eye exam?
First, our friendly receptionist will greet you and take your contact information including phone number, address, etc. Then one our of trained optometric assistants will escort you to a “pre-testing” area where they will take measurements like the approximate way you currently see, color vision, depth perception, blood pressure and pressures within the eye, as well as take an Optomap retinal image (see bottom of page for more details on the optomap). They will ask some questions about any visual or medical history and record the amount of vision you have with your natural vision and with any eye glass or contact lens correction you currently wear. They may also do a few additional tests that will give the doctor a starting point on your vision
Next, the optometrist will check your eyes for vision errors (like myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia), as well as test for eye health concerns (including cataracts, strabismus, macular degeneration, and glaucoma) and potential medical conditions (such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and multiple sclerosis). Frequently eye drops are used to "dilate" the pupils (open them wide so that a more through look inside of the eyes is possible) and special photos of the inside of the eye may also be recommended. After the initial evaluation, the doctor may request further specialized testing based on their findings.
An automated screening of your peripheral vision may be done if you are over aged 19, and because the macular and optic nerve is susceptible to damage over time, a form of ultrasound of the optic nerve and macula will most often be taken for patients aged 65 and older.
We believe you will find your exam exceptionally thorough and all questions will be answered along the way!
The entire exam is painless (other than a short stinging when dilating drops are used), and can take anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes depending on which tests are needed.