A comprehensive eye exam is much more than reading an eye chart on the wall. First off, your optometrist will inquire about your current/past 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.
Next, your optometrist 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 which 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 Avenue Eyecare, we use the state of the art technology including a biomicroscope and a retinal camera that can take digital images. 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