Medical Eye Examination

If you have medical diagnosis that require continued eye care, these examinations are done using your medical insurance and can be performed by any of our five providers. These examinations regularly do not cover refractions ( eye glass prescriptions) but rather include diagnostic testing and examinations to monitor medical conditions to help treat ocular disease. Diagnoses include (but not limited to): Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), Blepharitis, Blurred Vision, Conjunctivitis, Double Vision, Dry Eyes, Flashes and Floaters, Keratoconus (Corneal Abnormality), Ocular Allergies and Systemic Conditions (such as: Diabetes, High blood pressure, thyroid problems, inflammatory conditions and other medical problems).

Medical diagnosis that are subsequently found during a routine eye examination would be followed up with a medical eye examination in order to treat and follow these diagnosis.

These examinations are performed regularly to monitor progression of an ocular disease and provide intervention when needed. Many ocular diseases affect your vision before vision loss is noticeable. With regular examinations and follow ups, our providers are able to see a problem occurring in your eyes before irreversible damage may occur. Your medical Diagnostic testing is often done on these examinations to monitor possible progression. These examinations are often, but not always, dilated.

Woman's vision checked with a desktop Tonometer

Terms Often Associated With Your Eye Examination

  • Refraction: This is the group of focusing characteristics of your eyes. We measure this to assess your visual needs and which prescription to provide. The refractionist's main goal is to provide lenses that will allow not only clear, but comfortable vision. That simply means allowing you to see without discomfort or eyestrain. The eye conditions that can be corrected through refraction are: Astigmatism, Hyperopia, Myopia and Presbyopia.
  • Intraocular pressure (IOP): The pressure inside your eye is related to the ability of your eye to properly filter fluid as it is made. This is checked at ever examination in order to watch for an increase in pressure, on of the warning signs indicative of glaucoma. This is not the only way glaucoma is diagnosed, however it is one of the indications doctors watch for.
This is a tonometer
This is a portable, handheld Tonometer called a Tono-Pen.
  • Astigmatism: Normally the front of the eye (cornea) is spherically shaped, like a basketball. Astigmatism is when the front of the eye is irregularly shaped, like a football; more curved in one direction than the other. With astigmatism, light rays entering the eye do not bend correctly to project a clear image in the back of the eye, resulting in blurry vision. This blur can be corrected with glasses or contacts in order to improve clarity of vision.
  • Dilation: Medicated eye drops are instilled in the eye to temporarily enlarge the pupil to get a full view of the back of the eye.