Exams and Eyecare
Our eye examinations provide you with the highest standards of quality visual care. Our exams also focus on your special needs and identified risk factors.
The Latest Technology
Our exam process has changed over the years to take advantage new instrumentation in the eye exam process. Our patients often mention that there is a different ordering of their exam routine plus more “cool” instruments than previous exams.
With increased knowledge of the eyes and the applied instrumentation, the days of one exam room with one or two instruments for your complete visual exam are past. Thus you will often need to be escorted to several diagnostic rooms within our office during your examination process allowing us to more fully utilize new specialized instrumentation.
The Online Process
We have worked hard to extend our availability to you online to gather necessary forms and questionnaires even before you come into our office for your eye examination.
The Office Process
When you visit us for an eye exam, our testing will start with an advanced measuring system. This allows us to provide you with very accurate glasses and contact lens prescriptions. We use high-magnification systems and the newest electronic instruments to evaluate the health of your eyes.
We take the time to share with you your complete exam results, treatment options, and recommendations.
Dedication to Satisfaction
We are dedicated to continually improving our exam process for our patients. At the end of your exam, we will ask you to share with us your impressions and recommendations by filling out our Patient Satisfaction Survey.
Returning Patient Exam Process
There are many benefits as a returning patient to our office especially in the area of digital technology. Our professional staff can utilize complex medical technologies to digitally compare current eye health exam findings with those from your last exam to critically detect subtle eye health changes.
Through the use of cutting edge technologies we are now able to enhance the eye disease detection of our exam process for all of our patients. If you are a returning patient we will again capture a digital retinal photograph of your eyes, which will be compared to the digital photograph taken at your last visit. Comparison technologies assist us in detecting even the subtlest retinal change, thereby allowing us to uncover progressive eye changes earlier than ever before.
Preparing for Your Exam
As we have continued to make changes to improve your eyecare experience, we have found that knowing about your unique visual needs and personal eye and health history even before you come to the office helps us serve you better.
Information we Need
The following is basic information we need from you:
- Your complete health history including family history of any major eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.
- A list of any eye injuries or eye diseases you have had.
- A list of the medications you currently are taking and any drug reactions or allergies you have experienced. It is also valuable to know any herbal and over- the-counter medications you are taking.
- A list of any concerns you have about your eyes or vision.
Benefits to You
We have found that by having this information before your actual exam we can spend more time focusing on your unique visual needs and discussing treatment options and solutions.
If you have done personal internet research, we also encourage you to share with us the sources before your appointment so that we can attempt to review these before your visit.
I am seeing great, why would I need an eye exam
Several years ago the research firm of Louis Harris and Associates reported that “eighty percent of Americans consider their sight to be their most important sense.”
There are many misconceptions about eye health care, “the most alarming is that most consumers are unaware that most eye diseases have no early warning signs,” according to this research.
Don’t forget your routine eye exam
Routine eye examinations are critical for preventing eye disease. In the early stages of many eye diseases there are no symptoms. A person can see clearly and will not know anything is wrong.
The only way to detect and prevent sight-threatening diseases is through regular eye health examinations.
General Exam Features
A comprehensive eye examination goes beyond just determining a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Our complete eye examinations attempt to answer the following questions.
What are you unique visual needs and risk factors?
A thorough discussion determining your health history, medications and a detailed understanding of your unique visual demands is a necessary starting point.
Are your eyes healthy?
The internal and external eye health portion of our exam attempts to answer these questions.
How clearly can you see, both close-up and far away?
We measure both near and distance seeing abilities. The visual acuity measurement gives us a standard to compare you to others.
How accurate is your current prescription, or do you need a need a prescription?
We measure the extent of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and your focusing power. These measurements are referred to as the “refraction” of your eyes.
Are your eyes and visual system working efficiently and comfortably?
Careful evaluation of your eye teaming plus focusing skills allow us to assess your living and working skills such as depth judgment.
Are there other health professionals who should be advised of our visual findings?
Your eyes reflect your general health. Whether we uncover changes in the retina due to medications or other systemic health conditions it is often critical that your other health care providers be made aware of your eye health findings. Do you understand the results of your exam, treatment options, and when you should schedule your next exam?
We attempt to give you clear explanations, handouts, and web resources if appropriate so that you can be actively involved in your eyecare.