Comprehensive Eye Examinations

Not all eye examinations are equal even if they are called by the same name. When comparing services you need to compare procedures performed and the amount of time you will spend with the doctor. I firmly believe in testing as much as I can on all patients. This usually takes about 45 minutes of my time. The following details what I do in a comprehensive exam.

  • Get your general health history
  • Get your eye history
  • Get your blood relatives’ general history
  • Get your blood relatives’ eye history
  • Get a list of your medications
  • Get a list of your allergies
  • Document your complaints in detail
  • Measure your vision at 20 feet with and without glasses
  • Measure your vision at 16 inches with and without glasses
  • Test the six muscles of each eye which control your ability to point your eyes in a particular direction
  • Test how straight your eyes are in their relaxed and active positions
  • Make sure you can cross your eyes adequately
  • Make sure your pupils are working properly
  • Measure your old glasses to get a baseline
  • Test your color vision on the first visit
  • Test your 3-D stereo vision on the first visit
  • Estimate what your prescription should be
  • Determine an accurate prescription for you
  • Visually examine the external parts of your eyes with a microscope to look for diseases like cataracts
  • Measure the fluid pressure in your eye with a Goldmann Tonometer to assist in ruling out glaucoma
  • Dilate your pupils and perform a thorough examination of the nerves and blood vessels in your eyes to look for diseases, infection, injury, tumors etc.
  • Take the time to explain my findings and recommendations
  • Take the time to answer all of your very important questions
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