Our optometrists spend most of your exam checking if your eyes are healthy from front to back. Eye care is all about prevention. Serious eye diseases start without symptoms which is why it is critical to have routine check ups.
Just like your cardiovascular system has a certain blood pressure to stay healthy, your ocular system has a certain eye pressure to stay healthy. There are various ways to check eye pressure. We use a comfortable device called an iCare tonometer and when needed, the Goldmann tonometer. We guarantee you won't get the air-puff at our office.
retinal exam & photography
Examining your retina with a slit lamp and binocular indirect is best performed when the eye is dilated. Having your pupils dilated is an important part of your comprehensive care, there is no technology that substitutes this procedure. Although dilating eye drops make your close vision blurry for awhile, consider it a visual time-out from your digital devices!
During a retinal exam the doctor check for diabetes, hypertensive changes, macular degeneration, choroidal nevus, holes, detachments, floaters, scars, plaques, and although rare, rule out an ocular melanoma. This is just the short list. So why wouldn't you dilate your eyes?
If you have diabetes, you've probably heard by now that you need an annual retinal exam. Our doctors are skilled at the detection and management of diabetic retinal disease and will communicate with your diabetic management team to coordinate your diabetic care with ease.
optical coherence tomography
An OCT uses laser technology to scan individual cells of the retina and optic nerve. It is essential to managing ocular diseases. This technology gives your optometrist views of internal eye tissue similar to how an x-ray or ultrasound give the doctor views of tissue inside your body, things that we cannot see from the outside.
A visual field is a test of your peripheral vision. Your face rests in front of a curved screen. During the test, your brain notices a small light flicker in view. If the patient taking the test notices the light, they respond by clicking a button. The lights appear in a strategical pattern, ordered by your optometrist. Visual fields are performed for patients with glaucoma, neurological conditions, headaches, ptosis, or screening for toxicity from medications like hydroxychloroquine.
Topography is a map of different elevations. This test maps the surface of your cornea. Your optometrist will order this test for certain types of astigmatism, keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, pterygium, LASIK surgery, or for fitting special contact lenses. The optometrist reads the pattern of curvature to determine what condition is present, if there is progression, or what shape of contact lens will work for your eye health.