Routine Eye Exams

CLEARVIEW Eye & LaserĀ uses various up-to-date tests and procedures to examine your eyes. The tests range from simple eye chart reading to using a high-powered lens to examine the inside of your eyes. Here are some of the most common tests that your doctor may use in order to examine your eyes.

REFRACTION

This is the test that is used to determine your exact eye prescription for eyeglasses and contact lenses. Depending on the clarity of various lens options, your doctor will fine-tune your required prescription power. Refraction determines your level of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and/or presbyopia.

Learn more about Refractive Errors.

SLIT-LAMP EXAMINATION

The slit lamp is an instrument that allows the doctor to get a highly magnified image of the eye’s structures including the lids, cornea, iris, lens, retina and optic nerve. Signs of infection or disease are detected with this exam.

GLAUCOMA TEST

There are many different tests that can be used to evaluate the presence of glaucoma. The purpose of these tests is to detect any degeneration of your optic nerve. Following a drop to numb your eye, your doctor will use an applanation tonometer to determine your eye pressure. Sometimes it is necessary to perform additional testing, including a visual field test, corneal pachymetry or an optic nerve head analysis. Your doctor will let you know if these tests are required.

Learn more about Glaucoma.

DILATION

Dilating drops are eye drops that your doctor puts in your eyes to make the pupils larger. This gives the doctor a better view of the internal structures of the eye. The pupil is like a window to the inside of the eye. Dilating drops usually take about 20 to 30 minutes to start working. While they are working, you will be sensitive to light and may notice difficulty focusing on close-up objects. These effects are temporary and may last for up to several hours. For your convenience, we can provide you with sunglasses.

CONSULTATION

At the end of your exam, your doctor will consult with you about the nature of your eye health. You will be provided your glasses and/or contact lens prescriptions, treatment plans for any eye conditions or diseases detected during your exam, and pre- and post-operative instructions for any impending surgical treatment. Should you have any questions, feel free to ask your doctor.