Our comprehensive eye examinations check the health of your eyes inside and out for glaucoma, cataracts and all other eye diseases as well as systemic problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Your visual skills and abilities are carefully evaluated and we pride ourselves on the accuracy of our eyeglass prescriptions. We utilize some of the most advanced technology in the eye care industry. Our office is fully electronic and automated. Much of the equipment used in our office will not be found in most other eye care offices. The Optomap Retinal Exam and Computerized Refraction System are an important part of every eye exam and are described below.
OPTOS Retinal Exam
Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. We offer the optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams. The optomap® Retinal Exam produces an image that is as unique as you fingerprint and provides us with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at, similar to film in a camera.
Many eye problems can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. But, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina.
An optomap® Retinal Exam provides:
- A scan to show a healthy eye or detect disease.
- A view of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view than he/she can get by other means.
- The opportunity for you to view and discuss the optomap® image of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
- A permanent record for your file, which allows us to view your images each year to look for changes.
The optomap® Retinal Exam is fast, easy, and comfortable for all ages. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken. The optomap® image is shown immediately on a computer screen so we can review it with you.
Please schedule your optomap® Retinal Exam today!
For more information on the optomap® Retinal Exam, go to the Optos website.
Computerized Refraction System
A refraction is the examination performed to determine a glasses prescription. A computerized refraction system differs from a manual phoropter in many ways. The computerized version reduces the “one or two” anxiety by allowing patients to view choices one and two simultaneously for part of the testing. It also allows patients to view the difference between their current glasses prescription and a new prescription with a touch of one button. The equipment results in a quicker examination with more accurate results.
Most of the time pupil dilation is not necessary during an annual eye examination because a high-quality wide-angle image of your retina is obtained with the Optomap Retinal Examination. If certain conditions or symptoms are present your pupils will be dilated. In these cases, your vision may be slightly blurry and light sensitive for up to several hours after your examination.
Why are Comprehensive Eye Exams so Important?
Regardless of your age or physical health, it’s important to have regular eye exams.
During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.
Eyecare experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every one to three years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition.
The AOA recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every two or three years up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of visual change and overall health. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
If you are over 40, it’s a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read more about Vision After 40.
Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read more about Vision After 60.
Preparing For Your Eye Examination
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