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Comprehensive Eye Exams

A thorough ocular examination will be done utilizing cutting edge technology to evaluate all aspects of vision and eye health. We also diagnose, treat and manage many ocular diseases and accept same day ocular emergencies.

During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.

Eye care experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every year to assess your risk for potentially damaging eye conditions, as well as to keep on top of any changes in vision you may be experiencing.

Children. Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at every year throughout school.

Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:

  • premature birth
  • developmental delays
  • turned or crossed eyes
  • family history of eye disease
  • history of eye injury
  • other physical illness or disease

The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor’s instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.

Adults. The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every year. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.

If you are over 40, it’s a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read more about Vision After 40.

Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read more about Vision After 60.

In summary, our routine comprehensive vision examination includes:

* Refraction for spectacle prescription

* Two-eyed coordination check

* Focusing skills evaluation to derive prescription for computer and reading

* Eye health evaluation, including pressure check and pupil dilation

* Wellness Retinal Imaging (a separate fee applies in most cases)

What is a dilated eye exam?

This procedure temporarily enlarges the pupil (the black center of the eye) with eye drops to allow the eye doctor to assess the health of the eye’s lens, retina and optic nerve. If you are new to our office, or have diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts or other ocular conditions, your eyes will be dilated.

Will I be able to drive after dilation?

Most patients don’t have problems driving afterwards, but near work can be difficult for a few hours after the dilation. Please remember to bring your sunglasses and a driver if you are worried about the effects of dilation on your vision.

What is Wellness Retinal Imaging?

Wellness Retinal Imaging is a quick, painless, 2- dimensional photograph of the most important structures of the back of your eye, the retina. It helps our doctors detect diseases early, and provides a permanent and historical record of changes in your eye. Images can be compared side-by-side, year after year, to discover even subtle changes and help monitor your retinal health. You will review the images together with your doctor – the more you know about your eye health, the more likely you will understand and follow our doctor’s recommendations for prevention, and/or treatment