Eye and Vision Exams

During a comprehensive eye exam, the entire vision system is evaluated for potential optic nerve disease, retinal disease and systemic illness that may manifest in the eye. The internal pressure of the eye is measured to check for glaucoma. To allow the doctor the best view of the internal structures of the eye, your eye will be dilated through the use of eye drops. These eye drops cause the iris to open wide, giving the doctor a good view inside your eye. While the eye is dilated, close work or reading may be difficult, plus bright sunlight may be annoying. The effects of the dilating drops usually begin to subside after a few hours; however, it is wise to bring a good pair of sunglasses to help you see in bright sunlight following a dilated eye exam.

During your exam, one of our doctors may also determine if any nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia is present and prescribe glasses, contacts or one of the many vision correction surgeries available.

Each year, many people experience a decrease in vision due to progressive diseases or conditions of the eye. Therefore, to insure the health of your eyes, a thorough, annual examination is essential to safeguard your sight.

  • You will have a medical history taken
  • Your visual acuity will be measured
  • Your eyes will be checked for refractive errors
  • Your eyelids, tear glands and tear ducts will be examined
  • Your eye muscles will be examined
  • The pressure inside your eye will be measured
  • The interior of your eye will be examined through the use of a slit lamp
  • Your retina will be examined
  • Your peripheral vision may be tested