Our comprehensive adult eye and vision examination may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Comprehensive Consultation to determine your eye health and vision needs: Every patient is unique and has different requirements. Our doctors will assess your individual needs, determine a diagnosis, and establish a treatment plan based on those requirements.
- Patient History: A thorough patient history helps to determine any symptoms the individual is experiencing and helps identify general heath problems or other conditions that could be affecting vision. This includes past history and family history.
- Preliminary Tests: Preliminary evaluation may include tests for depth perception, color vision, peripheral or side vision, and the way your pupils respond to light.
- Visual Acuity: Visual acuity determines how clearly each eye is seeing. The results are written as a fraction such as 20/40. The top number in the fraction is the standard distance at which testing is done, twenty feet. The bottom number is the smallest line you were able to read on the chart. Normal distance visual acuity is 20/20.
- Refraction For Glasses and/or Contact Lenses Determining your best vision with glasses and/or contacts.
- Visual Acuity At Near Distances: Clear vision at near distance is critical to reading, writing, close work, computer use, etc.
- Eye Focusing, Eye Teaming, and Eye Movement Testing
- Assessment of how well the eyes focus, move and work together. To obtain a clear, single image of what is being viewed, the eyes must effectively change focus, move and work together. Deficiencies can cause numerous difficulties, including poor depth perception, visual fatigue, headaches, and reduced reading comprehension.
- Complete Eye Health Evaluation: The health of your eyes, inside and out, is carefully evaluated for problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, hypertension, etc.
At the Doctor's discretion, additional evaluations may be necessary for your best care. Our staff can discuss them with you as needed. Some of these services are listed below.
- Keratometry: Additional evaluation of the corneal surface, necessary for all contact wearers and refractive surgery patients.
- Pachymetry: Ultrasonic measurement of the corneal thickness, necessary for refractive surgery patients.
- Visual Fields: Comprehensive mapping of peripheral vision sensitivity to evaluate the presence or extent of vision loss.
- Contact Lens Fitting: This is the process of using the examination and corneal measurements to design or redesign any parameter of a contact lens for the individual eye. Conditions as astigmatism, high refractive error, or presbyopia can increase the complexity of the process.
- Contact Lens Refitting/Evaluation: After the initial fitting of contact lenses, a patient needs to be observed to evaluate vision and ocular health of the eyes. Change to the contact lens design may be required if vision or ocular health is compromised. Unique ocular conditions may increase the complexity and length on case management for a particular patient.
- Color Vision Analysis: Comprehensive analysis of the type and depth of a color vision defect.
- Retinal Imaging/Digital Documentation: Capturing a permanent digital image of an eye condition with a camera for the purpose of documentation and monitoring possible progression of a condition.
- Low Vision Assessment: Evaluating the need for special devices to improve vision at distance or near. For example, due to a condition such as macular degeneration, an individual may no longer be able to read adequately at near like they once could. In many cases low vision devices can restore a patient's ability to read those things they were not able to see any more due to the development of the macular degeneration.
Frequency of Vision Exams for Adults
The American Optometric Association recommends an eye exam every one to two years for most adults - not only to detect and to diagnose vision changes or problems - but also to maintain eye health. Regular vision examinations are also important for the prevention of vision problems created or aggravated by today's academic and professional demands.
Frequency of Vision Exams for Children
The American Optometric Association recommends that pre-school children receive a complete vision exam at the ages of six months, three years, and five years. It is particularly important that a child have a complete evaluation in the summer prior to entering kindergarten. Yearly evaluations are recommended while in school.
Ask about our free evaluations for both 6 month and 3-year-old children.