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General Exam

Routine eye exams are crucial to maintaining a lifetime of healthy vision. A comprehensive eye examination includes:

  1. A test to measure your eye pressure

  2. A retinal exam to view the back of your eye

  3. A microscopic examination of the front of your eye

 

In addition to helping you see your best, routine eye exams also allows us to detect eye diseases such as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration (AMD) early on. Several eye diseases, such as glaucoma, show no symptoms in their early stages. A regular comprehensive eye examination can help detect diseases early, improving the likelihood for successful treatment.

PREPARING FOR YOUR VISIT
  • New Patients should always bring: 

    • Their health insurance card

    • Their co-pay, if necessary

    • A list of current medications 

  • A comprehensive eye examination takes approximately one hour.

  • During the exam, you will be given eye drops to dilate your eyes to allow the doctor to do a thorough examination of your eye health. The dilating drops will affect your near vision and make you sensitive to light.

  • We provide you with temporary sunglasses if needed. Most patients feel comfortable driving after having their eyes dilated. If you are unsure or uneasy driving while your eyes are dilated, please be safe and bring another driver with you to your examination.

  • If you are new patient to our office, you can fill out the New Patient forms in advance to speed up your visit.

THE VISIT

After checking in at our front desk, you will be given a health history form to complete. You will then be brought back to your examination room by one of our technicians.

 

To start your exam you will be asked for information about your vision and health history, medications, symptoms of vision problems and other background information.

 

Using a number of tests and medical instruments, your eye doctor will conduct an external and internal exam of the various parts of your vision system including the eyelashes, eyelids, conjunctiva, iris, lens, cornea, pupils, extra-ocular muscles, optic nerve and the retina. The eye doctor will assess the health of your eyes and look for vision problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, and corneal diseases. The doctor will also look for ocular changes associated with systemic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and neurological disorders. This evaluation may also include a refraction, which determines whether you need prescription lenses or not.

 

At the conclusion of your exam, your eye doctor will make a final diagnosis and discuss a treatment plan designed specifically for you. The eye doctor will prescribe any necessary treatments such as corrective eye wear, medications or surgery. You also may receive written instructions or handouts for your reference.

AFTER YOUR VISIT

Once you return home, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.

 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE AN EYE EXAM?

Maintaining regular checkups is important. Although you will need to consult with your own eye care practitioner, there are some guidelines when you should have an exam.

  • Age 40 and under: Once every three years

  • Age 40 - 65: Once every two years

  • Age 65 and over: Annually

 

In addition, if you are a diabetic, it is critical that you have a comprehensive eye examination every year. An eye condition known as diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common complications associated with diabetes and is the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans. Some patients with certain ocular or systemic conditions may require more frequent examinations.

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