ABOUT YOUR EYE EXAM
What does my exam include?
Your exam includes a refraction (test for visual acuity), glaucoma screening, visual field testing and dilation of the eyes.
How long does an eye exam take?
An exam typically takes 60-90 minutes, depending upon whether you are allowing the doctor to dilate your eyes.
What should I bring with me to my exam?
You should bring any current prescription glasses, along with any contact lens, and sunglasses if you want. You also need to email completed forms to the office no later than 48 hours prior to your appointment. See link below.
Do I need to have my eyes dilated?
It is certainly your choice, but having your eyes dilated allows the doctor to check for signs of common diseases and conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. It also allows the doctor to evaluate the health of the back of your eye including the optic nerve head and the underlying layer of blood vessels that nourish the eye.
How long does dilation last?
Dilation typically lasts 3-4 hours, but can last longer in some patients especially children.
How does dilation affect my vision?
It will make your up close vision blurry and will make you light sensitive. Most people can drive afterward as it only affects your close up vision. This test can always be scheduled separately from your exam if needed. You may want to bring sunglasses with you because of the light sensitivity or we will be happy to provide you with a pair of our disposable sunglasses!
I'm not a fan of the air puff, is it necessary?
This test measures ocular pressure, which is one of the methods used to test for glaucoma. Like high blood pressure you cannot feel elevated pressure in your eyes so it is important to check for it before damage occurs.
What is the test that is like a video game with flashing lights for?
This test determines whether you have difficulty seeing in any areas of your overall field of vision. It is another test that helps your doctor screen for glaucoma.