OUR STANDARD EYE EXAM
COMPLETE VISION AND EYE HEALTH EVALUATION
The eye assessment at our office can be broken down into 2 parts.
The first part is the vision test.
It involves the use of lenses to determine the best prescription and vision possible for each individual patient.
Second, and more importantly, is the eye health portion.
Having 20/20 vision is no guarantee of a healthy eye. This portion involves some diagnostic eye health tests that allow the doctor to evaluate the present status of the eyes as well as the risk factors for change in the future. The necessary follow up and further testing required, as the basis of preventative eye care, will also be determined and clearly explained.
A needs analysis will be done so that individual eye wear recommendations can be made.
Specific testing involved:
- Complete medical and ocular history
- Visual acuity (sight testing)
- Binocular vision evaluation ( how the 2 eyes work together)
- Refraction (precise prescription determination)
- Internal and external ocular examination with pupil dilation if required ( for the detection of eye disease and signs of possible systemic disease)
- Eye pressure evaluation
- Visual field testing (peripheral vision)
- Final diagnosis, recommendation and prescription
OUR ADVANCED EYE EXAM
INCLUDES EVERYTHING IN THE STANDARD EYE EXAM + RHA + PACHYMETRY
RHA (Retinal Health Assessment) employs different colours of light to image different layers of the retina. This gives your eye doctor a view of the layers of your retina like looking through the cards in a deck of cards. It has the unique ability to employ invisible infrared light to visualize the deeper layers of your retina and the tissue below the retina, the choroid. By looking at these layers closely, your eye doctor can see the seeds of early disease and discuss with you ways to modify your risk of developing blinding eye conditions. This enables the doctor to track your ocular health over time by comparing images from multiple visits.
Pachymetry measures the thickness of the cornea. A thin cornea is at much greater risk of developing glaucoma. True eye pressure values are sometimes over estimated or under estimated depending on the thickness of the cornea. Eye pressure is not reliable or accurate without this measurement. Also, pachymetry is used to monitor some diseases that affect the cornea or to determine if someone is a candidate for laser vision correction.
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