Eye Exam at Eye Mechanix

Dr. Randall Ricketts is an expert with over 20 years of prescribing lenses to correct all visual conditions. The eye exam consists of many tests. Our Lincoln Park Eye Doctor can determine many health problems in addition to any eye problems.

The goal of our comprehensive eye exam is to improve your vision and maintain the health of your eyes. We deliver a quality eye exam and we take the time to explain our tests and their results, and we want to 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. Then the eye doctor will usually start with testing your visual acuity with the eye chart. The next series of tests 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.

Eye Exam Details

Visual field testing is used to evaluate the quality of your central and peripheral vision. Tests for measuring visual field loss. 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.

When you receive an eye exam, our optometrist is also going to check the physical health of your eyes and the areas considered part of the visual system. Our eye doctor will check your eye inside and out, including the lens, iris, cornea. We use a biomicroscope to examine the anterior (front of the eye). This part of the eye examination can turn up conditions like dry eye syndrome and conjunctivitis, or other conditions of the Cornea or Sclera that may not effect clarity of vision yet, including testing for glaucoma. The next instrument used is an Ophthalmoscope. This is used 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 eye. This aids in determining thickness and depth of these structures.

Dilated Eye Exam

We do prefer to dilate your eyes, whether at the initial eye exam or at a later date. The dilation drops cause your pupils to increase in size, giving your optometrist 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 crystalline lens, optic nerve, macula and identifying the development of conditions like cataracts and other conditions, effecting 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.


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