The main portion of the eye exam includes a refraction, which checks your focusing ability at both near and far distances and determines your prescription. We have state-of-the-art eye examination equipment to provide you with the most technologically advanced measurement.
After discussing your options regarding glasses, our doctors will check the health of your eyes. This includes testing for glaucoma and examining the structures inside the eye with a special microscope called a slit lamp. The best way to inspect the internal structures of the eye is by either dilating the pupil where the doctors can get a clear view of the lens (to check for cataracts) and the retina (to check for various retinal diseases such as macular degeneration) or the optomap wide-field retinal images. This internal examination of the eye should be done every year, or more often if you have diabetes or another condition that needs to be closely monitored. Pupil dilation will make you extremely light sensitive and make your near vision blurry for 3 to 4 hours. If it is not convenient, another time can be scheduled for you to be dilated or you can opt to have retinal images taken in lieu of dilation.
Recommendations for Eye Exams
Between the ages of 5 and 20, you should have an eye exam every 2 years.
• age 20 and over every year
If you wear contact lenses, you will need to be checked every year, regardless of age.
You should be seen if you notice a change in your vision or if you experience pain, flashes of light, new floaters, tearing, or if you sustain injury to the eye.
We have state-of-the-art eye examination equipment.
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