The doctors do much more than just provide you a prescription for lenses. Our independent doctors of optometry do rigorous tests to make sure that you will be receiving the best eyesight possible with prescribed glasses or contacts.
You will be receiving personalized eyecare on high-tech equipment that will be able to check for any early indicators of eye conditions. Eye examinations are done entirely by the doctor.
You will leave your eye exam with an accurate prescription for lenses and/or contacts along with a recommendation for any necessary eyewear adjustments to keep your eyes healthy. You can take your new prescription right to Steven's Opticals to receive the best prices on high quality, modern frames and contact lenses. Your prescription along with your vision records will be kept on file should you need to reference them.
Vision insurance can cover some of the costs associated with an eye exam, including your new eyeglasses and contact lenses. Steven's Opticals accepts many vision insurance plans. Don't have vision insurance? That's okay! We offer large discounts if you don't have insurance.
Check visual acuity (VA). VA is the acuteness or clearness of vison, typically checked at a distance of 20 feet.
Examine the extraocular muscles (EOM). The doctor checks EOM in six positions of gaze: right, upper right, upper left, left, lower left, and lower right. The doctor will check EOM motility by asking you to follow his finger as he moves it left to right while you keep your head still.
Test peripheral vision by checking visual field by confrontation. The doctor will perform the confrontational visual field (CVF) test by sitting about 3 feet in front of you, asking you to cover one eye, closing your opposite eye. You will then tell the doctor how many fingers you see while fixating on your nose. Lastly, you will be comparing your response to the number of fingers presented.
Examine the external eye. With the aid of a lighting pen, the doctor will check the tissues around your eye and the eyelids, to look for any abnormalities.
Examine the pupils. The doctor will check your pupil size, shape, and reaction to light.
Test for colour vision. The doctor will ask you to look at pseudoisochromatic plates, which will have various patterns such as numbers, letters, figures, or a path within a series of dots that differ in colour and brightness from the background.
Test for stereopsis for depth perception by checking binocular vision and monocular vision. Depth perception is the visual ability to perceive the world in three dimensions (3D). These are tested for driver licensing, and are important for catching a thrown ball, and many other coordinated operations.
Use the Amsler grid of horizontal and vertical lines to monitor your central visual field. To use this grid test, you will cover one eye and look with each eye seperately at the small dot in the center of the grid. This diagnostic tool aids in the detection of visual disturbances caused by changes in the retina, including the macula as well as the optic nerve disorders on the visual pathway to the brain.
Patients with macular disease may see wavy lines or some parts of lines may be missing or disturbed.
Do the cover test to test for strabismus (where the eyes are not properly aligned with eachother). Malalignment of the eyes creates double vision. Usually, one eye becomes stronger than the other and is used to fixate objects, while the weaker eye is deviated.
Slit lamp examination (biomicroscopy). The slit lamp uses narrow light beams and retroillumination to allow you to examine various depths of eye tissue or spaces to look for disease processes.
Fundus Exam. To see the fundus better, your pupils will be dilated with a puff of air instead of an eyedrop. The following is then examined: