What you need to bring to your appointment
- Please bring a list of all current medications with you as well as any information regarding your glasses or contact lenses. Certain medications can affect your vision and can be an important factor in determining your eye health.
- Billing for your services is done in strict compliance with your insurance company regulations. It is your responsibility to have proper documentation and referrals in place before your visit. This includes a routine scheduled examination and an emergency visit. If your claim is processed and rejected, you must contact your insurance company directly. All co-pays and fees are due at the time of service. We do not bill. Failure to provide us with proper information results in you having to pay for your services at the time of the visit. There are no exceptions.
- If you are a diabetic, please plan to have your eyes dilated. This is standard of care and though the Optomap retinal scan is an important piece of your examination, it may not give us all of the information we need. Plan accordingly and bring a driver if needed.
What can you expect during your eye examination:
An eye examination is much more than reading the chart! The eye examination today is comprised of many elements meant to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of refractive errors, such as near sightedness or presbyopia, but also problems with binocular vision (how the eyes work together when focusing or moving) peripheral vision (side vision) and ocular health (glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration).
A comprehensive eye exam includes many tests to not only evaluate and prescribe corrective glasses or contact lenses, but a complete ocular health examination as well.
Initial testing, even before you see one of our doctors, includes the following:
- Visual Acuity: We check your vision using the Snellen Eye Chart either with or without glasses, depending on how you use them. This test is standard of care and is documented for every patient, every time. We test distance vision (driving, board work) and near vision (reading, computer).
- Color vision: Color vision abnormalities, most often Red/Green deficiency, can go undiagnosed. We check all patients at their initial examination.
- Stereopsis: This is a test of depth perception.
- Intraocular Pressure: This initial screening is done with Non-Contact Tonometry (patients refer to this as “the puff test”!). This measurement is one of the ways to test for glaucoma, or high fluid pressure in the eye that can lead to damage to the optic nerve and loss of peripheral vision.
- Autorefraction: This instrument is a computer that measures the shape of the eye, giving the doctor a read out as to the refractive state of the eye. It aids in the initial presentation of refractive error and gives a precise indicator of any problems with vision. This instrument also gives the doctor a measurement of the cornea, which aids in diagnosis of some disorders and in the fitting of contact lenses.
- Optomap Retinal Evaluation: This technology, offered by McLeod Eye Associates, offers our patients the newest technology in ocular health evaluation. This retinal scan allows the doctor to see the back of the eye, including the optic nerve, the macula and the retina, without in most cases using dilating drops (drops to open the pupil). This test is quick and convenient, and the doctor cannot only view the retina on the computer screen with the patient but it can be shared with other providers. This amazing technology has been part of our practice for over 10 years! Click here for more information.
Then it’s off to the examination room for further testing with the doctor!