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VISION EXAMS Rhode Island

Your eye exam may take from half an hour to an hour and will evaluate both your vision and the health of your eyes. An ophthalmic technician will perform visual screening tests and administer drops to dilate your pupils, if necessary before meeting with the physician.

During your exam you will likely have all or most of the following eye tests:

  • Eye muscle movement to test muscle strength and control
  • Cover test to examine how well your eyes work together
  • External exam and pupillary reactions to test your pupils’ reaction to light, and the whites of the eyes and eyelid position
  • Visual acuity to test your ability to read eye charts in the distance and up-close
  • Retinoscopy/Auto-refraction to determine the approximate lens required for you to achieve the best vision
  • Subjective refraction testing to determine your exact lens prescription
  • Slit lamp to detect eye diseases and disorders by examining the cornea, iris, lens and anterior chamber
  • Retinal examination to examine the retina, retinal blood vessels, optic nerve head and macula
  • Glaucoma testing to measure fluid pressure inside your eyes
  • Pachymetry to measure the corneal thickness which can aid in glaucoma diagnosis
  • Pupil dilation* to examine the complete inside of your eyes with specialized 3D view instruments
  • Visual field test to test the edges of your peripheral vision to aid in diagnosing your eye condition

You may also have other specialized eye tests as required for your care. After examination your physician will consult with you personally to recommend any corrective measures required to improve your vision and care or treat any ocular irregularities, including referring you to a specialist or coordinating care with your medical doctor if necessary.

*Please Note: The pupil-enlarging drops for this part of your eye exam start to work after about 20 minutes, making your eyes more sensitive to light and blurring your vision somewhat. These effects may last for several hours, so it’s important to bring a pair of sunglasses to your exam if you are planning to drive yourself home. Some of our patients feel safer bringing a driver so they do not need to drive home afterward with their eyes dilated.

EYE CONDITIONS

Children should have their eyes checked prior to entering Kindergarten and yearly after that to identify and address vision issues early, as roughly 25 percent of school-aged children have undetected vision problems that can impact their learning ability. Children also require regular examinations as their prescriptions can change rapidly as they grow. Adults should see an eye doctor at least every two years, and annually after age forty, as certain eye conditions become more common with age.

Since many eye diseases have few or no symptoms until the disease has progressed, regular eye examinations are important to detect, diagnose and treat these conditions early. Your doctor may recommend more frequent exams if you have a health condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, work in a visually demanding job, or take medications that can affect your eyesight. However regular annual exams are especially important if you have risk factors or a family history of eye problems, and are critical in the early detection of:

  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Cataract
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Conditions
  • Eyeglass/Contact Prescriptions
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After a patient decides to have surgery, he or she is assigned his or her own Surgical Counselor who is available to answer questions and provide assistance. These individuals are specially trained to assist the patient throughout the entire surgical experience, including follow up care for as long as necessary. Patients are encouraged to contact their counselor for any questions, no matter how simple or complex.