COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAMS

Regardless of your age and current vision, a comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist is necessary to accommodate your visual needs and protect your vision. Eye conditions are best minimized and corrected through early detection and our diagnostic technology offers patients the best optometric care. 

A comprehensive eye exam includes:

PERSONAL HISTORY
We want to know why you have come to our office and what we can do to help.  The exam always begins with a thorough discussion about any eye issues whether it be the need for new glasses, a significant change in your vision, a health condition which can lead to ocular problems or a family history of eye disease. Many eye diseases and conditions are inherited, and other health problems can affect your eyes. It is important for us to know about your general health and a list of your medications enables us to provide the best possible care.

 

VISUAL ACUITY
Do you have 20/20 vision? 20/20 vision is a term that represents your visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. It is the most recognized aspect of the eye exam. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet. We strive to provide you with the clearest vision and help you maintain this level over the years.

 

PRELIMINARY FUNCTIONAL EYE TESTS                                                                                                                                Having 20/20 vision does not necessarily mean you have perfect vision. It describes the clarity of your vision and this clarity is only one factor in how well you see. Other important vision skills, including peripheral or side vision, eye coordination and alignment, depth perception, focusing ability, pupil function and colour vision, contribute to your overall visual abilities. If your eyes don't work together properly, this can lead to a variety of problems including reading difficulties for kids in school, computer vision problems at work and headaches. 

 

REFRACTION AND PRESCRIPTION ASSESSMENT                                                                                                                     The refraction is performed to determine the lens power needed to correct for any nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Often we will show you lenses and ask you to choose which is better. We can then determine what type of vision correction (distance, reading, progressive or computer glasses) if any, will best suit your needs. The refraction is also a necessary starting point for contact lens assessments or fittings.

 

KERATOMETRY
This is the measurement of the shape or curve of the front of the eye (cornea). It is a noninvasive test which is required for contact lens fittings, the detection of corneal diseases and determining candidacy for Lasik surgery.

 

EYE HEALTH EVALUATION
Our experienced optometrists have access to state-of-the-art technology at our office. This ensures that we provide the best available eye health evaluations which leads to early detection of eye diseases and assessment of eye injuries. We are then able to better help our patients with the prevention and strategic maintenance of eye health issues.

We are able to detect and help manage eye conditions including glaucoma, cataracts, age related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, red eyes, dry eyes, retinal tears and detachments and ocular melanoma. Many ocular disease can be uncovered when we examine the health of the back of the eye, the retina and optic nerve. The air puff (tonometry) is one test used for the assessment of glaucoma risk. We also examine your cornea, eyelids, eyelashes, tear drainage system, conjunctiva, lens and other tissues using the light and magnification of our slit lamps (microscope for the eyes). 

In our office, we have two outstanding pieces of technology which help us get an enhanced view of your retina and optic nerves. They are the Optomap ultra-widefield retinal imaging and Ocular Coherence Tomographer (OCT). To learn more about this technology, click on the images below.