Comprehensive Eye Evaluations

The comprehensive examination at Chester County Eye Care is a thorough evaluation of the eye and visual system. Aside from determining the need for optical correction, your ocular health will be assessed and you will be evaluated for conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. An eye examination may also reveal complications of systemic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as complications from medications.

What to Expect at the Examination

  • You should allow approximately 1 ½ hours for your visit.
  • We will review your personal and family health histories so that specific issues may be addressed.
  • Your visual acuity will be measured to determine how well you are seeing.
  • A refraction, which is the test that determines your optical prescription for glasses, contact lenses, and refractive surgery, will be taken.
  • Your ocular motility will be tested to determine if your eyes are moving properly.
  • Your confrontation fields will be tested to check your side/peripheral vision
  • A pupil assessment will be done to check for proper pupil response to light.
  • A slit lamp exam will be performed, which is a microscopic evaluation of the ocular tissues, such as the lids, conjunctiva, cornea, iris, and crystalline lens.
  • Your eye pressure will be measured using tonometry.
  • Discussion of the examination results and treatment options.
  • Your eyes will be dilated so we can evaluate the structures inside the eye, such as the retina, optic nerve, and blood vessels. You have the option to be dilated the traditional way with eye drops or you may instead opt to have an Optomap® scan performed.
  • Other tests may be performed as needed that may include: color vision, stereopsis, corneal topography, pachymetry, automated visual fields, retinal tomography, angiography, and photography.

Frequency of Examination

Most healthy children and young adults should be seen every two years. Contact lens wearers, older adults (those over 65), and individuals with certain conditions, such as diabetes, should be seen at least once a year.

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