Eye Exams

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A regular eye exam is the best way to protect your eyesight–and an easy precaution to take.  It is particularly important if you notice a change in your vision, if your eye is injured in any way, or if you have a family history of eye disease.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT AN EYE EXAM:  All eye doctors have their own routines, but most eye exams follow a similar pattern.  First we will review your personal and family health history as  you may be at special risk for eye problems if there is a family history of eye disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or poor vision.

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THEN WE WILL CONDUCT TESTS TO CHECK FOR:

VISION: We will check for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.  While you look at an eye chart, the doctor will measure your vision precisely, and, if necessary, determine a prescription for corrective lenses.

COORDINATION OF EYE MUSCLES: We will move a light in a set pattern to test your ability to see sharply and clearly at near and far distance, and to use both eyes together.

SIDE (PERIPHERAL) VISION:  We will move an object at the edge of your field of vision to make sure you can see it.

PUPIL RESPONSE TO LIGHT:  We will shine a light in your eye and watch the pupil’s reaction.

COLOR VISION:  We will ask you to describe figures in a series of illustrations made up of numerous colored dots or circles.  This tests your ability to differentiate colors.

EYE HEALTH:  We will use a microscope to check the health of your eyes for conditions such as dry eyes, cataract, and glaucoma.

MEASUREMENT OF EYE PRESSURE: We will use an instrument that will release a puff of air onto your eyeball.  This tests the pressure inside the eyeball, an early indicator of glaucoma and other diseases.

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