Comprehensive Eye Examination
The goal of our comprehensive eye examination is to improve your vision and maintain the health of your eyes. We deliver a quality eye examination and take the time to explain our tests and their results. We explain everything we find while administering the examination. Pretesting enables the Eye Doctor to more easily determine your prescription, reducing fatigue which yields a better result. Our eye doctor will usually start with testing your visual acuity with the eye chart, ocular alignment, pupils and color vision testing. The next series of tests during the eye exam are designed to identify refractive conditions of the eye. These conditions are quite common and require the eye doctor to prescribe corrective lenses to help you focus on objects either in the distance, up close or a combination of up close and in the distance.
Visual field testing is used to evaluate the quality of your central and peripheral vision. Tests for measuring visual field loss include Automated perimetry tests measure your responses to the presence of objects in different areas of your field of view. If you can’t see objects in an appropriate portion of your field of view, then you may have a blind spot indicating vision loss and should have an eye exam.
When you receive an eye exam, Dr Ricketts is also going to check the physical health of your eyes and the areas considered part of the visual system. He will check your eye inside and out including the lens, iris and cornea. We use a biomicroscope to examine the anterior or front of the eye. This part of the eye exam can turn up conditions like dry eye syndrome, conjunctivitis, glaucoma and other conditions of the cornea and sclera that may not effect clarity of vision. The next instrument used is an Ophthalmoscope. This is used during the eye exam to view the inside of the eye. This evaluates the Optic nerve, retina, macula and blood vessels in high magnification. In combination with the Ophthalmoscope we also use a small lens combined with the microscope which allows a stereo view of the optic nerve, macula and blood vessels. This aids in determining thickness and depth of these structures during the eye exam.
We do prefer to dilate your eyes, whether at the initial eye examination or at a later date. The dilation drops cause your pupils to increase in size giving our optometrist / eye doctor the ability to look at and examine the peripheral areas of the eyes. While your pupils are dilated our eye doctor can see areas like the lens, optic nerve, and macula. Identifying the development of conditions like cataracts and other conditions affecting the retina. We recommend having your eyes dilated as part of your routine eye exam once a year. If you decline to have your pupils dilated, our eye doctor may not be able to see their effects. Yearly Eye Examinations keep you vision clear and Eyes healthy. Please call to schedule an eye exam with our Lincoln Park Eye Doctor at Eye Mechanix.