Comprehensive Eye Exams
Compassionate Care, Personalized Experience
Adult Eye Exams
A comprehensive eye exam is much more than reading an eye chart on the wall. First off, your optometrist will inquire about your current/past eye and general health history. This is important because many general health conditions and medications may affect your eyes. Your family history is also important because it will determine your risk for developing certain hereditary eye diseases.
Next, your optometrist will determine how well your eyes work together and assess their ability to track an object. In certain cases, problems with eye muscle movement can be corrected through muscle surgery, prism in glasses, or eye exercises. In other cases, there may be an underlying physiological or neurological cause.
Most patients are familiar with the vision assessment that helps the optometrist determine your glasses prescription. A series of tests are performed to ensure you have the clearest and most comfortable prescription. Often times, several different prescriptions are needed to have optimal vision for the various demands of your work and hobbies.
Finally, your optometrist will use many different tools to assess the health of your eyes. These tools range from a small magnifying lens to help check for retinal diseases to complicated microscopes and lights that can be used to check for corneal diseases. Dilation of the pupils may be necessary because it is an important procedure that helps the doctor to determine your overall ocular health. At A Matter of Sight, we use state-of-the-art technology, including a biomicroscope and a retinal camera that can take digital images. These images help the optometrist to document and compare our findings at later visits, and are used as educational tools so you can better understand the health of your eyes.
Note: We are fully wheelchair accessible so the exam can be performed in the comfort of your wheelchair seat.
Ocular Disease Management
Many eye diseases should be detected early for a better prognosis and monitored regularly. Your optometrist will work with your family doctor and/or ophthalmologist to co-manage your eye health.
Some common eye diseases that we co-manage include:
Diabetes – Every patient with diabetes is recommended to have an annual comprehensive eye exam. Diabetes often affects the eyes, especially when blood glucose levels are uncontrolled, and can lead to blindness.
Macular Degeneration/Glaucoma – Early detection at your eye exam and prompt treatment decreases the probability of vision loss from these common eye diseases. There are no symptoms in early stages of these conditions; therefore, routine eye exams are one of your best defenses. Your optometrist can detect these eye diseases and make appropriate referrals to ophthalmologists who specialize in retinal disease or glaucoma if needed.
Dry Eye Management
Dry eyes is a multi-factorial condition, meaning there are more than 1 reasons why we may have dry eyes. There are also different types of dry eyes and different treatments for them. If you’re struggling with dry eyes, it’s important to find out what type dry eye you are struggling from and treatment can be better tailored to it. Ask us more about dry eye at your next comprehensive eye exam
Contact Lens Fitting
A contact lens fitting is needed to determine a contact lens prescription. This service can be added to any comprehensive eye exam. A contact lens is a medical device that sits on a very sensitive part of human tissue, called the cornea. We specialize in the fitting of a different number of contact lens modalities. We tailor each visit to the unique features of your life and your eyes
Laser Refractive Surgery Co-Management
Laser Vision Correction (Refractive Surgery) is a good option for certain patients who want to have good vision without glasses or contact lenses. We work with local refractive surgeons to co-manage patients.
First, your optometrist will do a pre-operative assessment to determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery and discuss your options. After your surgery, you will be followed for one year to ensure your vision and eye health are on target and your eye is healing well.