A comprehensive eye exam will evaluate not only how well you see, but also identify potential eye diseases. Some eye diseases, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, can result in serious vision loss if not detected and treated early. Often patients with these diseases don’t experience any visual symptoms before vision loss occurs.
If you are over 35, you should have a comprehensive eye exam every two years. Patients over 65 or with a family history of glaucoma
What to expect for your eye exams:
Your doctor will most likely dilate the pupils of your eyes, in order to better see the retina at the back of your eye. You may want to consider making transportation arrangements, as your vision may be blurry for a few hours after dilating.
Your exam may include:
- visual acuity or refraction test to determine the degree to which you may be nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism.
- muscle function test to check the movement of your eyes in each direction and at specified angles. This test will identify any muscle weakness or involuntary eye movement.
- binocular vision skills assessment to ensure that your eyes work together properly as a team. This is important for proper depth perception, eye muscle coordination and the ability to change focus from near to far objects.
- visual field test to measure your peripheral vision, the width of the area you can see when
you´relooking straight ahead. This test may also detect diseases of the eyes or neurological disorders.
- eye pressure test. Your doctor may administer one or more tests to evaluate your intra-ocular pressure. High intra-ocular pressure may be a sign of glaucoma.
- color vision screening to see if you perceive colors properly.
eye health assessment using an ophthalmoscope. This tool allows the doctor to evaluate your pupil responses, optic nerve, retina, cornea and lens.
Treatment options, if necessary will be presented at the conclusion of your examination.
What you should bring to your new patient appointment:
- Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
- A valid/current copy of your insurance ID card is required at the time of your office visit. Please do not give us your cell phone with the picture of your card, we need a paper copy of the front and back of the card. If we are unable to verify your insurance information before you see the doctor, payment in full will be expected at the time of service.
- If your insurance requires an authorization for the visit, you must obtain this prior to arriving for your appointment.
- Completed patient information and medical history forms.
- A photo ID
- Forms of payment our offices accepts: Cash, Checks, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and Care Credit.
To schedule a comprehensive eye exam, you can call our office or schedule an exam.