The eye examination we provide may include the following tests depending our your needs.

Visual Acuity

  • Tests the size of letters that can be seen at a distance and near 20/20, 20/40, etc.

Cover Test

  • Tests the alignment of the eyes

Visual Field Test

  • Checks peripheral vision, which is important in detecting vision loss in glaucoma and detecting masses in the brain

Color Vision Testing

  • Color deficiencies are common to the male gender

Stereo Vision Testing

  • Checks if the eyes work together or independently

Retinoscopy

  • A special light is shined into the eyes and lenses are used to find an estimate of your prescription.  This is a very important test when assessing young children.

Autorefraction

  • An instrument is used to estimate your prescription, similar to retinoscopy

Refraction

  • Determines the prescription for your eyeglasses and contact lenses

Dilation

  • Allows views of the inner parts of the eye such as the lens, optic nerve, and retina
  • Although we can see inside the eye without dilation, the drops allow a much better view to help us diagnose your needs
  • The drops can also prevent the eyes from focusing

Tonometry

  • Tests the pressure within the eye
  • The “glaucoma test”
  • Patients with higher pressures can be at risk for glaucoma, but people with normal pressures can have glaucoma, too.  This is not a definitive test.  Many other factors can influence whether someone is at risk for glaucoma.