Eye Exam Information
Many of our new patients tell us our eye examinations are the most thorough they’ve ever experienced. Our comprehensive eye examination goes beyond 20/20 to evaluate many important areas of vision and eye health. In addition to measuring for your correct glasses prescription, our doctors check eye muscle coordination, focusing skills, depth perception, color vision and much more. The eye health portions of the eye exam include a thorough evaluation of the entire eye, glaucoma test and retinal health examination with OptoMap imaging, dilating drops or both.
OptoMap Retinal Exam
In our continued effort to provide our patients the best possible vision care, Sunrise Vision Care is pleased to offer the OptoMap Retinal Exam as part of our comprehensive eye care. This non-invasive procedure allows our doctors to see a much broader and more detailed view of the retina, usually without the need for dilating eye drops. In most cases, OptoMap is our doctors’ preferred method for evaluating the health of the delicate interior of your eyes.
Our doctors care deeply about preventing vision loss in our patients, and we know that early detection of eye diseases is key to preventing vision loss. OptoMap helps detect, as early as possible, eye diseases including retinal detachments, macular degeneration, glaucoma and ocular damage from systemic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.
OptoMap Retinal Exam———————————-Dilation
No blurry vision———————————————-Blurry vision for 3-4 hours after exam
No light sensitivity——————————————-Light sensitivity for 3-6 hrs after exam
Takes less than three minutes—————————30 minute longer exam time
Permanent digital image———————————–No permanent picture
Insurance typically does not cover any advanced screening technology such as OptoMap. Our doctors strongly recommend annual OptoMap Retinal Exam. This will be done as an enhancement to the regular eye exam for a fee of $39.
Eye examination FAQ
What should I bring to my eye examination appointment?
- Bring all the glasses you use, including any over-the-counter magnifying glasses.
- Bring all eye drops you use, or photos of the bottles.
- If you wear contact lenses, bring the boxes or individual lens packages.
- If you wear contact lenses, bring the bottles (or photos) of all contact lens solutions you use.
- If you have a copy of your previous glasses and/or contact lens prescription, it is helpful to bring it.
- Bring your vision care insurance card and your medical insurance card. (In some cases your medical insurance card is also your vision care insurance card.)
- You may print a copy of our New Patient Registration Form and our Confidential Health History Form, complete them prior to your appointment, then bring the completed forms to your appointment.
- If you have trouble seeing your computer clearly, or if you get eyestrain working on your computer, please see Computer Vision Problems for suggestions on what else to bring to your appointment.
Should I wear my contact lenses to the appointment?
- If you wear your contacts lenses regularly, wear them to the appointment.
- Otherwise, please be sure to bring your contact lenses with you to the appointment.
How long will the examination take?
- Plan on being here an hour or longer.
Will there be an “air-puff” test for glaucoma?
- No, the eye-pressure measuring instrument we use to check for glaucoma is a more accurate, reliable and more comfortable than the “air-puff” test!
Will you use drops to dilate my eyes during the examination?
- New OptoMap wide-field retinal imaging often makes dilating drops unnecessary! In some cases, however, the doctor will need to dilate your eyes for the retinal health examination.
What are the side effects of dilation?
- Most people experience sensitivity to sunlight and blurred near vision for three to four hours. Most people can drive after dilation, but if you don’t feel comfortable driving you should not. We usually ask that a parent or friend do the driving after teen-aged patients have their eyes dilated because they are less experienced drivers.
Will I be able to wear my contact lenses while my eyes are dilated?
- Yes, in most cases there is no problem wearing contact lenses after your dilated eye examination.