Comprehensive Eye Exams
Comprehensive Eye Exams
When it comes to maintaining good vision and eye health, a periodic examination is important. Your entire visual system will be mapped upon your first visit to West Michigan Eye & Laser, and annually thereafter, using our OPD-III Marco Epic Refraction System technology. This is helps our physicians examine all areas of your ocular health for potential eye disease.
Patients should expect that dilatation may be administered at any given appointment based on complaint and necessity. In most cases, both eyes will be dilated. If you are concerned with your ability to drive after having your eyes dilated, please plan to have a driver accompany you to your appointment. You may also call the office to inquire if dilation is planned for your exam.
West Michigan Eye & Laser’s comprehensive eye examination may include, but is not limited to the following tests:
Patient History: Taking a closer look at the patient history can help determine where problems have started, general health problems, medications taken, or any other conditions that may be affecting your vision such as age-related macular degeneration or diabetic eye disease.
Visual Acuity: During the visual acuity test, we may look at reading charts to evaluate how clearly each eye is seeing. This may include reading letters or text up close or from far away.
Preliminary Tests: This part of the exam will evaluate certain functions of the eye like depth perception, color vision, eye muscle movements, peripheral vision (from the side), and how your pupil responds to light.
Keratometry: In the keratometry test, we’ll examine the curvature of the cornea. This is a particularly important test for contact lens users, as it will help us determine the proper fit for contact lenses.
Refraction: This is conducted to determine the appropriate lens power needed to compensate for any refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. If you intend to take an eyeglass prescription home, please note there may be an additional fee.
Eye Focusing: This test will look for any problems that keep your eyes from focusing correctly or anything that makes using both eyes together difficult.
Eye Health Evaluation: This test is important when determining if your eyes are at risk for glaucoma. We measure the pressure within the eye (also known as Tonometry) and examine the cornea, eyelids conjunctiva and surrounding eye tissue using bright light and magnification. Often, your pupils will be dilated to provide a better view of the internal structures of the eye.
Supplemental Testing: You may require additional testing based on your results of these other tests. At the conclusion of your examination, our doctors will discuss with you any visual or eye health issues found and explain the best treatment options available to you.
If you ever have any questions regarding your diagnosis, please don’t hesitate to ask for an additional explanation or more information from us. We’re here to help. Schedule your appointment today!