At Field Eye Care, you will receive a state of the art examination. Our office is equipped with a computerized digital refraction system by Marco which enables you to get the most accurate prescription. It allows us to measure astigmatism much more easily and efficiently, making for a stress-free exam. We are also able to upload your previous glasses prescription and let you compare it to your new prescription with just the push of a button. This way you will see exactly how much your vision has changed. We have recently added a fully automated retinal imaging camera that can obtain photos of the inside of your eye in just a couple minutes. The doctor will show you the photos during your exam so you can see exactly what your eye looks like on the inside. The images will be digitally stored to your medical record so that any changes can be identified over time and there will be a permanent record of your eye health on file.
How To Prepare For Your Exam:
- Do not sleep in your contact lenses the night before your exam. This will help us get a more accurate measurement of your prescription - Bring in any glasses you currently use (inluding reading glasses or glasses just worn at night after removing contact lenses). - Bring in any contact lens boxes or packets you have. - Bring your most recent written prescription for glasses and/or contact lenses - Bring in a list of medications you are currently taking - Dilated eye exams are recommended every year to allow the doctor to diagnose any eye disease that may otherwise go unnoticed or undetected. In some cases, dilating drops are necessary to get an accurate measurement of your prescription. Side effects of the drops used to dilate your eyes can cause blurry vision (mostly up close) and light sensitivity. These symptoms can last for 2-6 hours, so we recommend you bring a driver in case your are not comfortable driving after your dilation. You may also return for a dilation at a later date. We are happy to provide you with disposable sunglasses after your dilation.
What To Expect During Your Exam:
At the start of your exam, our Optometric Assistant will perform some preliminary tests. First, we will measure the curvature of the front surface of your eyes using a computerized instrument. Next we will measure the pressure inside the eyes (intraocular pressure) by performing what is known as the "air puff" test. Our latest generation instrument is much more gentle than instruments of the past, making this test easy and comfortable. If you have brought glasses with you, we will then check them to take a digital reading of the prescription. Your medical, visual and family histories will then be reviewed. If you are having retinal photos taken, our digital imaging system will then take high definition digital photos of the inside of your eyes in just a couple minutes.
You will then see the doctor who will begin the exam by checking your vision. We will then perform a series of tests that will assess your pupils, eye muscle coordination and function, and peripheral vision. We will then check your eyeglass prescription and best corrected vision. We will then evaluate the health of the front of the eyes using a high-powered microscope called a Slit Lamp Biomicroscope.
If you are being evaluated for contact lenses, we will then discuss your options and begin the evaluation process using diagnostic lenses from our office inventory. If we do not have your contact lenses in stock, we will order them and contact you as soon as they arrive so that you can return to the office to complete the evaluation. If this is your first time wearing contact lenses, our Optometric Assistant will then begin your contact lens insertion and removal training and go over proper contact lens care with you.
If your eyes are being dilated at this visit, we will then instill some drops into your eyes and wait approximately 10-20 minutes for them to take effect. Once your eyes are dilated, we will examine the internal structures of the eyes to assess the health of the eye by using special lenses with the microscope.
At the end of your visit the doctor will go over all of the exam findings with you as well as answer any questions you may have.