We begin with your patient history, followed by questions regarding your needs for your current visit. We then review your current pertinent ocular history, as well as your medical history and your family's history of ocular and systemic disease. Any medications or allergies also are noted.
Visual acuities are checked with current corrections.
The refractive portion of the examination determines a patient's glasses and contact lens prescriptions. These prescriptions can be adapted to meet differing visual needs such as distance vision for playing golf, medium distance for using a computer or special occupational requirements.
A pupillary exam is performed to determine any neurological problems related to advanced glaucoma, detached retina, multiple sclerosis and other diseases or damage to the optic nerve.
Using our biomicroscope, we then examine your lids, lashes, cornea, conjunctiva, anterior chamber, iris, and crystalline lens.
A tonometry (glaucoma) test is performed. The Tonometer test provides extremely accurate measurements for our diagnostic needs.
Following the glaucoma test is a dilated fundus exam, which allows a thorough evaluation of the posterior eye, optic nerve, retinal arteries and veins, macula and peripheral retina.
Additional steps that are taken for a contact lens exam include the following:
At the conclusion of your examination, the doctor explains the proper care of your eyes and glasses or contacts, and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may still have.