COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAM
We provide thorough eye exams using the latest technology. What sets our office apart from others is that we also take time to listen to your concerns and present treatment options tailored specifically to your needs.
Comprehensive eye exams include:
- Physical eye health exam: The external and internal parts of the eyes are examined using special instruments like a slit lamp biomicroscope, binocular indirect ophthalmoscope and special focusing lenses. Your pupils may be dilated with eye drops for some of these tests.
- Refraction: This test determines your eyeglass or contact lens prescription and we perform precise measurements in several different ways to determine the lens formula that will work best for you. Instruments used include a computerized autorefractor, phoroptor and retinoscope. One of the most important parts of prescribing lenses is for Dr. Branning to understand how you use your eyes at work as well as during leisure activities.
- 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.
- Goldman Tonometry: The gold standard for measuring intra ocular pressure and the preferred method for managing glaucoma patients. Considered the most accurate way to measure the pressure inside the eye. No worries though... No Puff! No Pain!
SOME PATIENTS MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL TESTING, SUCH AS:
- iCare Tonometry: No Drops. No Puff. The icare tonometer is based on a new measuring principle in which a very light probe is used to make momentary contact with the cornea. The measurement is barely noticed by the patient. This is good news, because the device makes measuring the intraocluar pressure a more pleasant experience for all patients. It is also an important break-through for succeeding with non-compliant patients (i.e. young children and dementia patients). Requiring no drops or specialized skills for its use, the quick and painless icare tonometer has an important role in glaucoma screening.
- Visual field test: Every comprehensive exam includes a screening of your peripheral vision with a computerized auto-perimeter. During the screening exam, you will click a hand-held button when you see small lights off to the side. It takes about 2 minutes per eye and it can help diagnose or rule out glaucoma as well as other neurological disorders of the visual system.
- Retinal photography: A special camera takes a digital color photograph of the back of your eye. This test is recommended on a routine basis to provide Dr. Branning 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.
- Optical Coherence Tomography: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. This breakthrough technology allows the doctor to obtain the equivalent of a CAT scan with no exposure to radiation. It is used to manage glaucoma patients as well as assess the health of the retina. In a matter of 3-4 minutes, Dr. Branning is able to obtain an image of the under layers of the retina and determine if a sight threatening condition such as wet macular degeneration is present. The technology is also helpful in determining if a patient has glaucoma. For patients who are being treated for glaucoma, the OCT gives us accurate information that indicates how well the prescribed medications are working. Technology such as the OCT helps Dr. Branning make precise treatment decisions when it comes to managing eye disease.