Comprehensive Eye Exams
At Prestera Eye, we provide our patients with a comprehensive examination that includes a thorough evaluation of the eyes and a complete assessment of ocular health. This includes screening for common eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Additionally, we check for any signs of complications of systemic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as adverse effects from medications.
What to Expect at Your Examination
- You should allow approximately 1.5 to 2 hours for your visit.
- During check-in, your contact information and insurance will be verified.
- We will review your personal and family health histories so that specific issues may be addressed.
- Your visual acuity will be measured to determine how well you are seeing.
- Your ocular motility will be tested to determine if your eyes are moving properly.
- Your visual fields will be tested to check your side/peripheral vision.
- A pupil assessment will be done to check for proper pupil response to light.
- A slit lamp exam will be performed, which is a microscopic evaluation of the ocular tissues, such as the lids, conjunctiva, cornea, iris, and natural lens.
- Your eye pressure will be measured, using tonometry.
- Your eyes will be dilated so we can evaluate the structures inside the eye, such as the retina, optic nerve, and blood vessels.
- Your doctor will discuss examination results and treatment options with you.
- Other tests may be performed, as needed. This may include: color vision, stereopsis, corneal topography, pachymetry, automated visual fields, retinal tomography, angiography, and/or photography.
How Often Do I Need an Eye Exam?
- Most healthy adults should be seen every year.
- Patients with active conditions such as diabetic complications, cataracts, macular degeneration, and dry eye should be seen as often as medically necessary.
Diabetes and Macular degeneration
- Diabetics without eye disease are seen yearly
- Patients with mild diabetic retinopathy need to be seen 2-4 times per year
- Those requiring active treatment should be seen as medically necessary and may require treatment with laser or injections
- Patients with diabetic eye disease or macular degeneration should expect regular testing with retinal OCT scans, retinal photos and fluorescein angiography
- Patients with newly diagnosed glaucoma or those suspected to have glaucoma need to receive two exams (including the initial evaluation) 4-6 weeks apart to complete a comprehensive workup: visual field test, OCT optic nerve scanning, and optic nerve photos
- Patients will often be seen 1-2 months after starting new medication or receiving laser for a pressure check
- Stable glaucoma patients receiving medication or laser treatment should be seen 2-4 times per year
Cataracts and Pterygium
- Patients will be seen for initial visit and should expect to come back for a pre-operative visit approximately 2 weeks before their scheduled surgery date
Schedule an Eye Exam
If you are interested in scheduling an eye exam at Prestera Eye, please contact our office today. During your appointment, our skilled and experienced eye doctors can conduct a thorough evaluation and make any necessary recommendations to help maintain the health of your eyes.