Comprehensive Eye Exams
A comprehensive eye health examination is a multi-step process beginning with input from each patient via the Patient Registration Form. This form is completed online or by the patient at our practice prior to their exam. The patient’s medical and eye health history, family medical history, medications, etc. is vital information because it informs Dr. Turner about any current or potential future eye health issues that may impact the patient’s vision.
The Non-Contact Tonometer test measures the internal pressure of the patient’s eyes. Information gathered from this test informs Dr. Turner about any indication of Glaucoma, a slow-to-develop eye disease that can greatly impact the patient’s vision and, if left untreated, can eventually lead to blindness. Dr. Turner is licensed as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.
Information gathered from the Auto Refractor test provided Dr. Turner with the patient’s current refraction and eye measurements and is the starting point for her to utilize in determining the ideal vision correction for the patient. This test also provides corneal measurements, which is vital information to obtain if the patient elects to wear contact lenses for their vision correction.
A Visual Fields test actually maps the field of vision seen by each eye of the patient. This test also provides data on the patient’s central and peripheral vision. Not every patient will require this test, since the information gathered from this test is most helpful for Dr. Turner when she is examining a patient with an eye disease like Diabetic Retinopahty or Macular Degeneration which can impair the patient’s vision.
The OPTOS instrument produces a digital image of each eye of the patient. Dr. Turner highly recommends this additional eye health testing. The patient may select OPTOS photography in lieu of dilation of their eyes. Dr. Turner will review the detailed information obtained from the OPTOS test regarding the patient’s retina, and analyze images of any retinal holes, detachments and floaters. She will compare future OPTOS digital images as she monitors the patient’s eye health during their future eye health examinations. Digital images become a permanent part of the patient’s record.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive test that uses light waves to take a digital cross-section image of the retina – the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. Dr. Turner highly recommends this additional testing for patients who have Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma or Diabetic Retinopathy so that she can monitor any progression of those eye diseases.
Dr. Turner will review and evaluate all preliminary test results with the patient while they are in the exam room. The test results will be discussed and appropriate eye treatment routines, if warranted, will then be reviewed. A phoropter, used to determine the patient’s visual acuity, and slit lamp exam, used to determine the internal health of each eye including any presence of cataracts, encompass the next portion of the eye exam. Once the patient’s best vision is determined, Dr. Turner will then discuss vision correction options, if necessary, via either glasses or contact lenses. If a patient elects to wear glasses, Dr. Turner, or a staff member, will escort the patient to the Optical Department where one of our experienced Opticians will assist the patient in selecting the appropriate glasses frame and lenses to address their vision correction and lifestyle needs. If the patient chooses to wear contact lenses for their vision correction, and is new to wearing contacts, a trained staff member will assist them to successfully put in and take out their contacts prior to leaving the practice.