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:
- Visual Acuity- Measuring the sharpness of your vision.
- Refraction-This is the test that we use to determine your exact eyeglass prescription.
- 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.
- The Glaucoma Test-Testing for glaucoma typically begins with measuring the pressure inside your eyes
- 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.
- 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.
- In some cases, besides these common tests performed during a standard comprehensive eye exam, we may recommend other, more specialized eye tests.