A comprehensive examination determines whether you have an eye condition in any part of your eye. Many eye diseases progress slowly before creating visual loss. A comprehensive examination can detect conditions at an early stage. Such early detection can often allow treatment that can help prevent visual loss. A comprehensive examination also determines whether you could benefit from a new or updated glasses prescription.

During your eye exam, the following test will be performed:

  1. Visual Acuity- Measuring the sharpness of your vision.
  2. Refraction-This is the test that we use to determine your exact eyeglass prescription.
  3. Ocular Motility (Eye Movements) Testing- Ocular motility testing is performed to determine how well your eyes can follow a moving object and/or quickly move between and accurately fixate on two separate targets.
  4. The Glaucoma Test-Testing for glaucoma typically begins with measuring the pressure inside your eyes
  5. Slit Lamp Exam-A slit lamp is a binocular microscope (or "biomicroscope") that Dr. Baum uses to examine the structures of your eye under high magnification. It looks somewhat like a large, upright version of a microscope used in a science lab.
  6. Pupil Dilation-To obtain a better view of the eye's internal structures, our technicians instill dilating drops to enlarge your pupils. Dilating drops usually take about 20 to 30 minutes to start working.
  7. In some cases, besides these common tests performed during a standard comprehensive eye exam, we may recommend other, more specialized eye tests.