Annual Eye Exams
A comprehensive eye exam is a lot more than whether or not you can see clearly. Many people think that if they can see 20/20, or aren’t having trouble driving or seeing their cell phone, that they don’t need to see an eye doctor, but that’s not that case. There are many parts to a comprehensive eye exam, and while vision is an important part, we also perform a thorough ocular health exam to detect and prevent long term vision loss due to ocular disease.
Here’s what to expect when you come in for your exam:
- Patient/Family History: This helps us understand your past ocular and medical history to help tailor our exam so we provide the best care for you. For example, diabetics can have fluctuating vision with changing blood sugar levels and kids who have focusing issues may be having difficulty in school. Knowing this history in advance helps us give you the best possible care!
- Visual Acuity: We check your vision closely to determine how clearly each eye can see. This is a starting point to help improve your vision during the refraction portion of the exam.
- Entrance Testing: These tests can be done by a technician or a doctor and typically include ocular movement, ocular alignment, peripheral vision testing, and a close check of how your pupils respond to light.
- Autorefraction and Keratometry: Autorefraction is used to determine an estimate of the current power of the eye, giving the doctor a starting point for your refraction (see below). Keratometry measures the curvature of the cornea. This is used for all contact lens fittings to help determine which contact lens to use on the eye. This test also is used to detect corneal diseases, such as keratoconus.
- Refraction: This is the portion of the exam where the doctor carefully evaluates your glasses prescription using both objective and subjective measures. At EyeCare for You, we take this part very seriously because we know that determining an accurate glasses prescription can mean the difference between comfortable, clear vision and tired, fatigued eyes, with eyestrain and headaches. With all the computer and cell phone time we have now, it’s especially important to reduce visual strain with an accurate prescription. Along with a thorough history of how you use your vision, Dr. Kara will work with you to give you comfortable vision that will keep you happier and more productive.
- Ocular Health Exam: Although refraction may seem like the most important part of the exam, to Dr. Kara, ocular health is the most critical area. At EyeCare for You, we recommend a dilated exam on every patient we see, every single year. By closely evaluating the health of the eye, we can detect ocular disease before it becomes a problem and take steps to prevent vision loss. Dr. Kara looks for many eye diseases, most commonly dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, but also for ocular manifestations of systemic issues such as diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol. By detecting these problems early and making lifestyle changes, we can improve your overall wellness, not just your vision!
- Additional Testing: Sometimes, further testing is needed to help diagnose or monitor a disease. We may do an in depth scan of the macula to check for macular degeneration or diabetic changes, a peripheral vision test to monitor glaucoma progression, or a thorough testing of ocular teaming and focusing for kids having difficulty in school. This is all carefully determined by Dr. Kara during the comprehensive eye exam to protect and enhance your vision for years to come.
- iWellness Exam: We are proud to offer the iWellness ocular health screening! In addition to the full ocular health exam, the iWellness Exam is a non-invasive scan of the eye that can be performed quickly and easily. The images produced by the iWellness Exam provide an amazing view of the retinal layers that allows Dr. Kara to identify the earliest signs of disease, which enables her to tailor recommendations to you! Dr. Kara recommends the iWellnessExam every year regardless of symptoms, to allow her to observe even the smallest changes occurring over time.