All About Your Eye Exam

Complete Eyecare is More than Just a Vision Exam

Your eye examination consists of various procedures to evaluate the health of your eyes and determine the prescription lenses needed for your best possible vision.  It is an interesting and totally comfortable experience. 

We want you to know that our office will refer any patient to the appropriate specialist if we detect or suspect any problems not treated by us.  

Eye Health

We use several instruments and procedures to evaluate the health of your eyes.

1. Ophthalmoscope: the doctor can see inside your eye to check for cataracts, retinal problems and evidence of systematic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. 

2. Tonometer: A pressure test for glaucoma.  

3. Visual Fields

4. Slit Lamp Biomicroscope

Lens Prescriptions

The refraction is a series of lens tests to determine the proper prescription for glasses or contact lenses.  Your special needs and preferences must be taken into consideration before the final correction is determined.  We strive for the utmost in accuracy and precision.  

Eyeglasses and Sunglasses

As part of our eyeglass service, we offer a complete selection of high quality eyewear.  Our professional staff is trained to help you select frames that look good, fit properly and are compatible with your lens prescription.  We want you to have glasses you are proud of and enjoy wearing.  

Contact Lenses and Contact Fittings

Contact lenses are available in prescriptions for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and some bifocal corrections.  We provide complete professional care from the initial examination to follow-up visits after you receive your lenses.  

As a prospective patient, you will be carefully evaluated to determine if you are a good candidate before fitting. 

When should you have your next eye examination?

Many people equate the need for an eye examination with replacing their eyeglasses.  While it's certainly important to see well, undesirable changes in your eyes can occur which do not adversely affect your vision in their early stages.  Unlike the rest of your body, your eyes rarely hurt when something is wrong.  Do no rely on changes in your vision or broken glasses to remind you of your next appointment.  Follow the advice of experts, have your eyes examined on a regular basis.

Vision Assessments

Myopia (Nearsighted): Type of vision in which seeing at far is blurry.  Near vision is often good.  This condition usually begins between the ages of 6 to 21 and may gradually worsen until after the age of 30.  Contact lenses or glasses are indicated.  

Hyperopia (Farsighted): Type of vision in which seeing is strained at near.  Distance vision is often very good.  This condition causes your eyes to overwork for reading and other close work.  Usual symptoms are headaches and eyestrain.  

Astigmatism:  Very common and not an eye disease.  Symptoms include headaches, eye strain and squinting.  Caused by the eye not focusing light the same up and down as across.  Usually occurs in conjunction with myopia and hyperopia.  Contact lenses or glasses are indicated.  

Presbyopia:  A reduction of focusing ability for anything closer than an arm's length causing blurring and eyestrain.  This usually begins in the late 30's and worsens with age.  Bifocals or reading glasses are indicated.  

Amblyopia:  Incorrectly called "lazy eye".  This eye is not able to see 20/20 even with the best corrective lenses.  This condition can only be diagnosed by a complete eye examination.  Vision therapy is sometimes needed along with glasses.   Many cases cannot be helped if they are detected too late.  

Eye teaming (Binocularity): Process in which both eyes work together to form one image in the brain.  Also includes proper alignment of the eyes.