A comprehensive eye exam is much more than reading an eye chart on the wall. Our optometrists will inquire about your eye and general health history. This is important because many general health conditions and medications may affect your eyes. Your family history is also important because it will determine your risk for developing certain hereditary eye diseases.
Our optometrists will determine how well your eyes work together and assess their ability to track an object. In certain cases, problems with eye muscle movement can be corrected through muscle surgery, prism in glasses, or eye exercises. In other cases, there may be an underlying physiological or neurological cause.
Most patients are familiar with the vision assessment that helps the optometrist determine your glasses prescription. A series of tests are performed to ensure you have the clearest and most comfortable prescription. Often times, several different prescriptions are needed to have optimal vision for the various demands of your work and hobbies.
Finally, your optometrist will use many different tools to assess the health of your eyes. These tools range from a small magnifying lens to help check for retinal diseases to complicated microscopes and lights that can be used to check for corneal diseases. Dilation of the pupils may be necessary because it is an important procedure that helps the doctor to determine your overall ocular health. At A Matter of Sight, we use state-of-the-art technology, including a biomicroscope and a retinal camera that can take images of the back of your eye. These images help the optometrist to document and compare our findings at later visits, and are used as educational tools so you can better understand the health of your eyes.
Note: We are fully wheelchair accessible so the exam can be performed in the comfort of your wheelchair seat.
Many eye diseases should be detected early for a better prognosis and monitored regularly. Your optometrist will work with your family doctor and/or ophthalmologist to co-manage your eye health.
Some common eye diseases that we co-manage include:
Dry eyes is a multi-factorial condition, meaning there are many reasons as to why we may have dry eyes. There are also different types of dry eyes and different treatments for them. If you’re struggling with dry eyes, it’s important to find out what type of dry eye you are struggling from and treatment can be better tailored to it. Ask us more about dry eye at your next comprehensive eye exam.
A contact lens fitting is needed to determine a contact lens prescription. This service can be added to any comprehensive eye exam. A contact lens is a medical device that sits on a very sensitive part of human tissue, called the cornea. We specialize in the fitting of a different number of contact lens modalities. We tailor each visit to the unique features of your life and your eyes.
First, your optometrist will do a pre-operative assessment to determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery and discuss your options. After your surgery, you will be followed for one year to ensure your vision and eye health are on target and your eye is healing well.