The Eye Exam: More than 20/20!

State of the art eye exam

At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care we pride ourselves in providing the best in clinical services. We are constantly seeking to upgrade our clinical equipment and skills.

We have the new Marco OPD Scan III. This amazing piece of equipment does many things in a short amount of time. First, it measures the optics of your eyes in better ways. Beyond the traditional measurements, the OPD III provides a measurement of "higher order aberrations" which are types of blurry vision we have not been able to quantify in the office before.

But the OPD Scan III does much more! It gives us a complete map of the shape of the front of your eye (very useful when looking for disease or fitting any contact lenses). It will show us who has had LASIK or other refractive surgeries. It can show the difference between night time vision and day time vision (perfect for those patients who have difficulty at night). It also has a demonstration setting to show what vision is like for patients. This can be useful to help parents understand what is going on with their child's vision. In short, this is an amazing piece of equipment! We also have the Marco TRS-5100, a digital refracting system. You probably know the old phoroptor (the one that is on the cover of the latest Justin Timberlake CD). That instrument essentially has not changed in 75 years. Well, now we have one that is more precise and consistent. It has new tests to replace some of the "1 and 2" tests that make determining your glasses prescription easier for patients and doctors. And it does tests to make sure your eyes are working well together and to determine if you need glasses for reading or the computer.

Additionally we have a Marco electrontic lensmeter to measure the prescription in your glasses and the Marco iDoc Anterior Segment camera to take high-quality photos of your eyes.

The best thing about this new equipment is that it is connected with our new electronic health record system, RevolutionEHR, so that with the push of a button all of the information is transferred to the computerized chart, saving time and reducing errors. This gives us more time to talk with you to help solve your vision problems. Who doesn't love that!?

More than 20/20!

20/20 vision is important. Seeing 20/20 means that the person can clearly see a standard-sized letter on the eye chart. But there's so much more to healthy vision than having 20/20 vision. 20/20 is just the starting point!

Our comprehensive vision exam goes beyond 20/20 to evaluate many important visual skills with specific vision tests:

  • Complete ocular health evaluation - We examine the eyes inside and out to make sure that they are completely healthy. Eye drops to dilate the pupils are used ensure a thorough evlauation for such problems as cataracts, glaucoma, hypertension, diabetes, tumors, etc.

  • Visual Acuity at Near - Is vision clear and single at close distances? Clear sight at short distances is critical to reading, writing, close work, computer use, etc.

  • Eye Teaming Skills - Do the two eyes aim, move, and work as a coordinated team? If not, numerous difficulties, including convergence insufficiency and poor depth perception can result. A Binocular Visual Evaluation may be necessary to determine the underlying problem.

  • Eye Focusing Skills - Do the eyes maintain clear vision at all distances? Rapid, automatic eye focus adjustment is critical to learning, reading, writing, sports, etc. Deficiencies can cause visual fatigue, reduced reading comprehension, and/or avoidance of close work or other activities. A Binocular Visual Evaluation may be necessary to determine the underlying problem.

  • Eye Movement Skills - Do eye movements show adequate muscle control, tracking, fixation, etc.? In the classroom, normal eye movements allow rapid and accurate shifting of the eyes along a line of print or from book to desk to board, etc. In sports, efficient eye movements contribute to eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, and accurate tracking.A Binocular Visual Evaluation may be necessary to determine the underlying problem.

Dr. Nate with the TRS
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