COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAMS
At Eagan Eye Clinic, we provide thorough eye exams for all ages using the latest technology in vision testing. We will take the time to listen to your needs and explain all of your options as our friendly doctors evaluate different aspects of your vision and eye health.
Routine eye exams include the following assessments:
Physical Eye Health Exam
At Eagan Eye Clinic, we encourage everyone to have a yearly eye examination to screen for any serious ocular conditions. Your comprehensive eye health exam is a thorough physical assessment of the external and internal eye anatomy. You will be carefully evaluated for many eye conditions such as dry eyes, eye allergies, conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, optic nerve disease, and retinal vascular disorders. In addition, common general health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can also adversely affect your vision and eye health. As with most diseases, early detection is crucial to minimizing any permanent damage these health conditions can cause to your vision or eye health.
At Eagan Eye Clinic, we us advanced digital and computerized diagnostic instruments to track both physical and functional changes in your eyes. Some of instruments used during your eye exam include a slit lamp biomicroscope, binocular indirect ophthalmoscope and special focusing lenses. Your pupils may be dilated with eye drops for some of these tests.
Binocular Vision Testing
We test your eye coordination to be sure your vision is comfortable and that your eyes work well together. This includes an analysis of the eye muscles used for movement, focusing and depth perception. If you have a problem with binocularity, your doctor may correct it with prescription glasses or vision therapy.
Visual Field Test
Every comprehensive exam includes a screening of your peripheral vision by using a computerized autoperimeter. Visual field tests assess the full horizontal and vertical range of your vision. The tests are used to detect blind spots and other visual field abnormalities.
During the visual field test, the doctor will have you click a hand-held button when you see small lights off to the side. The test only takes a couple of minutes per eye.
A refraction test or often called a vision test is given as part of your routine eye examination. This test tells your eye doctor exactly what prescription you need in your glasses or contact lenses. Individuals who have 20/20 vision are considered to have perfect vision. If you do not have 20/20 vision, you have what is called a refractive error. This means that the light is not bending properly when it passes through the cornea and retina of the eye. The refraction test will tell your doctor what prescription you should use in order to have the best possible vision.
The refraction test is also used to diagnose possible eye conditions such as astigmatism, hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), presbyopia, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, retinal vessel occlusion and retinitis pigmentosa.
This is one of several risk factors for glaucoma that we evaluate. It is a measure of the fluid pressure inside the eye. The process involves applying eye drops used to numb the eye. Then the eye doctor uses an instrument called a tonometer to measure the inner pressure of the eye. A small amount of pressure is applied to the eye by a warm puff of air.
A special camera takes a digital color photograph of the back of your eye. This test is recommended on a routine basis to provide your doctor with a baseline record of the appearance of your retina, internal blood vessels and optic nerve. It is also used to document diseases and anatomical abnormalities and monitor them over time. Macular degeneration, hypertensive retinopathyoptic nerve disease, diabetic changes and retinal holes or thinning are all conditions your doctor will evaluate with retinal photography.