Saint Joseph, MN
A comprehensive eye exam includes the following tests to fully evaluate your visual system:
Visual Acuity: A measurement of your vision with and without correction.
Color Vision Testing: Evaluates color selectivity and deficiencies.
Stereovision Testing: A measurement of your depth perception up close (near).
EOM Testing: Evaluates ocular muscle movement and coordination.
Eye Posture/Focusing: A cluster of tests that evaluate eye positioning and focusing.
Visual Field Screening/ CVF: Evaluation of central and peripheral vision. This test helps detect early neurologic problems (such as tumors) and ocular disease.
Pupil Testing: Evaluates pupil response to light stimulus, which is a neurologic and ocular disease screening.
Determination of Refraction: The doctor uses several tests to determine the extent of your prescription for both distance and reading.
Eye Pressure Check: Your eye pressure will be checked using a NEW technology called Icare tonometry. NO air puff!! Eye pressure is one of the factors evaluated when checking for glaucoma.
NO Air Puff?
Our office does not use the air puff (NCT), or the 'yellow drops' to check eye pressure! We use a newer technology called Icare tonometry. This small instrument is easier on you, our patient! The eye pressure readings are also more accurate than the standard air puff method.
Ocular Health Evaluation: The doctor will use multiple instruments to look at the outside and inside of your eye, to determine if you have any eye diseases that can lead to vision loss.
What is dilation, and why should I have it done?
Dilation is when the doctor puts a dilating drop (there are a few different ones that she can use) in your eye that will cause the pupil (black circle) to get bigger. This allows the doctor to look at the structures inside your eye and check for eye diseases. There are many eye diseases that can only be seen when your eyes are dilated. These drops will cause your vision to be blurry for 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the drop used. We now offer advanced retinal imaging. Most people can take advantange of this option for a small nominal fee.
What is a contact lens fitting?
The doctor will measure the curves on the front surface of your eyes to select the right size contact lens. She will then have you put a diagnostic pair of lenses in and check the fit on your eyes. If the contact lenses do not fit properly, the contacts can damage your eyes and vision.