Learn all about eye exams at SVS Vision. Your long-term eye health matters to us; that’s why every routine eye examination will start with a medical history. This includes a patient history, a family history and an ocular history for both you and your family. Next, your visual acuity will be checked along with a refraction (to check for any vision changes, focusing problems and eye tearing problems that may have occurred since your last examination). After that, we will assess your eye alignment, eye muscle movements, peripheral vision, and pupil response.
One of our trusted doctors will also check your eye health. The doctor will use a microscope to evaluate the health of the surface and the interior of your eyes. Eye pressure will also be measured. Your eyes may be dilated to further evaluate the peripheral retina. At the end of a routine eye examination, you will receive a copy of your eyeglass prescription.
During this exam, our trusted doctors will discuss your personal and family health as well as your vision history. Then, the overall health of your eyes will be carefully evaluated to ensure that we see the whole picture. Lastly, we review your medications for potential ocular (vision) complications. It is also important that we review your alignment while inspecting the potential need for glasses, issues with focusing, and potential eye tearing. No contact lens testing is performed during this exam.
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people 20 to 74 years of age. Early detection of diabetic changes in the eyes is critical for preventing severe vision loss. The American Medical Association recommends that all people with diabetes have their eyes examined by an optometrist or ophthalmologist at least once every year. Our team of doctors at SVS Vision perform comprehensive eye examinations on all diabetics. We work together with your primary care physician to completely manage all aspects of the diabetes process.
A medical eye exam is performed to diagnose a medical problem with the eye. Examples of some medical problems include eye infections, inflammation, and allergies. Other examples may include new onset flashes and floaters, dry eyes, and foreign bodies. Our doctors will also carefully examine your eyes for complications related to diabetes. In certain instances, these conditions may prevent you from receiving a comprehensive or contact lens exam.
After a comprehensive eye exam is performed, the curvature of the eye is measured, paying special attention to the front surface of the eye to determine the best contact for the patient. A contact lens is then placed on the eye and evaluated for vision, comfort, and fit. The doctor will also recommend daily or bi-weekly replacement lenses based on your lifestyle and specific needs. Once the contact lens evaluation is complete, a follow-up appointment may be needed to finalize the prescription. If you have had a comprehensive exam within 90 days and are interested in contact lenses, you may not need to have another comprehensive eye exam.
Some eye problems may require specialty contact lenses, such as gas permeable or scleral lenses. Conditions such as keratoconus, post-LASIK ectasia, and post-surgical corneas may require specialty contact lenses. Our doctors can make recommendations for these types of conditions to ensure the best possible outcome.