Your Exam - Step by Step
Your visit to Lone Star Family Vision will begin with a friendly greeting as you walk in the front door. One of our staff will begin creating or updating your record. A brief medical history will be taken or updated. Then, any vision benefits you may have will be explained to you.
Your first stop after the front desk is the pre-exam room, where an optical technician will use a series of sophisticated instruments to measure the power of your eye, the pressure of your eye (glaucoma screening), curvature of your eye, power of your old glasses (if applicable), and your field of vision (if applicable).
EYE CHART TEST
Next, in the exam room, a technician will use the familiar eye chart to measure your accuities to assess how well you are seeing. Once this test is done, the doctor will review the pre-exam testing results and begin his portion of your exam. He will perform a pupillary reflex test to assess the relative function of your optic nerves; this test can indicate neurological problems.
At this point in the eye examination the doctor will use an instrument called a "Phoropter", a large lens and prism bank, to subjectively measure the power of your eyes (refraction). From this procedure we will know the prescription power for glasses, as well as the parameters to begin fitting you with contact lenses.
The slit-lamp is a high-powered microscope designed to give the doctor a very close look at your cornea, iris, lens and eyelids. It is also used to evaluate contact lens fit.
A thorough examination of your retina is performed by using a device called an ophthalmascope. By shining a bright light into your eye it enables the doctor to get a close look at your optic nerve and the surrounding tissues. Dilation may be suggested at this point, if the doctor feels it is warranted.
At the conclusion of the exam, the doctor will discuss his findings thus far with you, including any recommendations for vision correction or procedures for treatment of eye disease or injury that may have been diagnosed. He will answer any questions you may have, taking the time to insure that you are comfortable and understand everything that has been discussed.
Next, if applicable, you will be ready to either be fitted for your contact lenses, and/or choose the frames for your glasses.