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Bogey Hills Vision: The Eye Exam

pretest roomWELCOME NEW PATIENTS!

We recently have had many new patients choose our office for their eyecare needs.  Some patients are new to the area and some patients just have never had a comprehensive eye examination before.  I thought I would give a peek into what an eye examination involves at Bogey Hills Vision.  It is more than just reading letters on a chart!  We also examine the health of the eye and counsel patients on factors that could affect their eye health- such as systemic diseases like diabetes, medications they take,  family history of eye disease, or environmental factors that could put them at risk for injury.

Today, I am showing you one of what we call our ‘Pre-test’ rooms.  One of our technicians will perform tests prior to patients seeing the doctor.

1. Blood pressure: Having uncontrolled high blood pressure can, in fact, do damage to the eyes, so we include this in our eye examinations.  Also, some patients we see don’t routinely see their primary care doctor, so we on occassion find individuals with dangerously high blood pressure who are at risk for stroke.

2.  Visual field screening:  Reading an eye chart really only tests central vision, but peripheral vision is crucial, as well.  A person may be 20/20 but may be missing large portions of peripheral vision due to neurologic cases.

3.  Autorefractor:  This instrument bounces a light off the inside of the eye and gives us an estimate of a person’s near-sightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism.  It also measures the curvature of the front of the eye which is helpful in fitting contact lenses and screening for corneal abnormalities.

4.  Lensometer: Measures the power a patient’s current eyeglasses.

-Dr. Rachel Merriman