Protect Your Vision with a Comprehensive Eye Exam
During a yearly eye exam at our La Jolla, CA, practice your doctor can screen for early signs of conditions that respond best to early intervention. Periodic eye exams are an important part of maintaining good vision. While many people believe they do not need regular exams if they have good vision, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that all adults have a baseline eye exam at age 40. Patients with diabetes or high blood pressure should attend a screening earlier, as should those with a family history of eye disease. This simple, painless exam typically takes about an hour, and provides Drs. Gordon Wong and Wildon Wong with an effective chance to identify signs of ocular diseases while still in their earliest stages.
During your exam, the doctors will use several examples of the latest diagnostic equipment. These include:
- Visual Field Analyzer – This machine flashes a series of lights at your eyes, and you indicate to the doctor each time you see a light. This helps the doctor determine the ability of your retinas to see stimuli in different points of your visual field.
- Automated Vision Refractor – Also called an autorefractor, this piece of equipment measures the change in light as it enters your eyes, helping to measure your prescription for corrective lenses or glasses.
- Corneal Topographer – The corneal topographer creates a map of your corneas, which the doctor may use when checking the fit of contact lenses.
- Fundus Camera – Replacing the need for pupil dilation, which can leave your eyes sensitive to light for hours after your appointment, the fundus camera takes a photograph of your retina, allowing the doctor to see any irregularities.
What to Expect During Your Exam
During your comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Wong will perform a number of tests used to collect important information about the health of your eyes. The doctor will review your medical history to ensure you do not suffer from conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, which can adversely affect your vision. He will then test your visual acuity by asking you to read the letters on an eye chart. This allows the doctor to evaluate how well you see from various distances.
While many people believe they do not need regular exams if they have no vision problems, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that all adults have a baseline eye exam at age 40.
Next, the doctor will perform a series of tests to evaluate the health and function of your eyes. These tests will include checks for proper depth perception, color vision, and peripheral vision. The doctor will track the movement of your eye muscles and observe how your pupils react to light.
The doctor will check for ocular diseases as well. He will analyze your eye pressure to test for glaucoma, which typically involves a quick puff of air blown onto the surface of your eye. Using a slit lamp (an illuminated microscope), the doctor will look at the front of your eye to check for the development of cataracts.
Finally, the doctor will perform a retinoscopy. For this test, the doctor positions a piece of equipment containing lenses of different magnifications in front of your eyes. As you focus on a point ahead of you, the doctor flips different lenses in front of your eyes, shining a handheld light on them. The reflection of the light can help the doctor form an idea of your corrective prescription, if you need one.
Schedule Your Exam Today
Yearly eye exams are a simple way to preserve your vision and the health of your eyes. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.
Dr. Wong and his staff have proven to be the best eye doctor that I have ever visited. He is extremely thorough and up-to-date professionally. He gives you plenty of time. I never feel rushed.Kathrine Holladay