Eye Exam Services
Our Doctors of Optometry provide comprehensive exams of the eyes. Our thorough exams evaluate these areas of concern:
- The refractive state of your eyes. This determines whether your eyes need vision correction. We will provide you with a copy of any prescription you may benefit from.
- The binocular function of your eyes. This evaluates how well your eyes work together. Double vision, headaches, eyestrain, poor performance at school or work may be the result of poorly coordinated eyes. There is more to vision than 20/20.
- The health of your eyes. You will receive a very thorough medical exam of the health of your eyes. We test for glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye, macular degeneration, diabetes, and more. Every aspect of the health of your eyes will be evaluated and any need for treatment or care will be addressed.
Treatment of Injuries:
We provide emergency treatment of injuries to your eyes including foreign bodies, chemical burns, conjunctivitis, and more. With seven full-time doctors on staff, immediate care is always available.
Treatment of Disease:
Doctors of Optometry are trained to provide medical treatment of many diseases of the eyes. Infections and injuries of the cornea, conjunctiva, or lids (allergies, dry eye) are treated. We also manage glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age related macular degeneration at Smart EyeCare Center.
Pre-operative and Post-operative Care:
We work in association with your eye surgeon to help provide your pre-operative and post-operative eye care for cataract, LASIK, laser, and glaucoma surgeries. A comfortable, mutually desired relationship exists between patient, surgeon and optometrist to provide high quality care for our surgical patients.
Specialty Contact Lenses:
We love fitting scleral lenses in our practice! A scleral lens covers a larger surface area than a normal soft contact lens and provides elite comfort, clarity of vision, and reduced dryness. It has a lower risk of complications and is more stable than soft contact lenses, making it a great lens option for athletes. These specialized lenses are most appropriate for people with the following conditions: high prescriptions, dry eyes, irregular corneas, post-corneal surgery, allergies, keratoconus, or active athletes. If you’ve heard an optometrist say “sorry, you are not a candidate for contact lenses”, let us fit you with a custom scleral lens.
OCT or Ocular Coherence Tomography
The OCT is a non-invasive imaging test. OCT is a unique test because it allows doctors to look at cross-sectional layers of the retina. Each of the ten layers in the retina can be detected. OCT allows a doctor to measure the thickness of each layer to aid in the early detection of retinal diseases and conditions. Such conditions include age-related macular degeneration, pre-retinal membranes, macular swelling, macular holes, cystoid macular edema.
The OCT can also be used to scan the layers of the optic nerve head which allows the doctors to gather information about the thickness of the layers. This information is used in treating, monitor, and management of glaucoma.
Visual Field Perimetry
Perimetry of Visual Field testing is an important part of the glaucoma examination. During this test you will be asked to sit in front of a large “bowl like” instrument and look directly straight ahead. A computer program will present a number of lights in different positions of your central and “side” or peripheral vision to check the sensitivity of your vision. The computer will then plot an actual map of your field of vision so that your eye doctor can interpret this map in conjunction with other examination tests in order to understand how well your optic nerve is functioning. Visual Field testing is also used to monitor loss of vision due to strokes and certain other medical conditions.
While eye exams generally include a look at the front of the eye to evaluate health and prescription changes, a thorough screening of the retina is critical to verify that your eye is healthy. This can lead to early detection of common diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, and even cancer. The exam is quick, painless, and may not require dilation drops.
The Optomap ultra-wide digital imaging system captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image. Traditional methods typically reveal only 10-12% of your retina at one time.
The unique Optomap ultra-wide view enhances your eye doctor’s ability to detect even the earliest sign of disease that presents on your retina. Seeing most of the retina at once allows your eye doctor more time to review your images and educate you about your eye health. Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated the power of Optomap as a diagnostic tool.
The Optomap is also helpful in keeping a baseline on file of a health eye. It allows the doctor to have images to compare to in the future should anything abnormal show up.
The Optomap story: In 1990, 5 year old Leif Anderson went blind in one eye due to an undiagnosed retinal detachment. He was getting regular eye exams, but conventional tests available at the time made a thorough examination difficult. Distressed by the diagnostic methods available, Leif’s father, Douglas, designed the Optomap retinal exam.
TearLab is one of the most accurate tests in the eye care field to help diagnose the severity and cause of ocular surface disease. A tiny amount of tears are collected above the lower lid of each eye. Collecting the tear sample only takes a couple of seconds and produces little, if any, sensation. TearLab measures the salt concentration (osmolarity) of a patient’s tears. The higher the tear salt concentration, the more likely a patient is to have dry eye symptoms. This lab information helps the doctor determine the best treatment plan for ocular surface disease and monitor its progression.