The eye exam
There’s a lot more to your eyes than the need for glasses or having 20/20 vision…
The Eye exam explained
An eye exam with your optometrist (eye doctor) consists of 2 parts:
1) The refraction ie the dreaded “which is better, 1 or 2”– This is what’s done to obtain your final glasses prescription. That is most often not your contact lens prescription. Contact lenses – unless specially designed – do not come in all prescriptions like we can do in glasses. Therefore, additional testing is required to obtain the patient’s contact lens prescription.
2) The ocular health assessment: This is the part that most people are not aware of but is actually the most important. Patients can have 20/20 vision with no pain and still have such things as tears, detachments or even tumors.
Using the slit lamp as well as either the optomap or dilation of the eyes, Dr .MIller will be able to assess every structure of the eye- from the eyelids to the liquid inside your (vitreous), to the back of your eye (retina). But using the slip lamp alone, Dr. Miller is not able to check the complete retinal (internal) health of your eyes.
There are 2 methods to check the internal health of your eyes. The Optomap and dilation.
The scary part is that most eye conditions do not have any symptoms and can only be detected by checking your retinal health. Dr. Miller has personally had patients whom she has detected not only retinal detachments which are sight threatening, but also tumors. All of those patients had come in to update their prescriptions with no complaints.e