New technology has greatly improved our ability to detect eye disease, which is changing what is involved in a standard eye exam, even from just 5 years ago. At Waverley Eye Care we strive to provide you with access to the best eye care we can provide, please let us introduce you to what we can offer you at Waverley Eye Care.
Baseline Eye Exam
A baseline eye exam is the minimum assessment of what you should expect from any Optometrist you see. There are 3 main components to a baseline eye exam:
Binocular coordination will assess the movement of your eyes and how your eyes work together. Abnormalities could cause eye strain, double vision or could indicate health problems like tumours, multiple sclerosis or blood vessel occlusions.
The refractive status is what most people think of when they need new glasses and is the determination of the power of lenses that will put images in focus. Although this is the primary reason why most people schedule an eye exam, it is important to assess the binocular vision and ocular health in all individuals because these findings will often help in the determination of your glasses prescription.
The ocular health component screens for eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, contact lens eye disease, lid disease, retinal problems, optic nerve disease and much more. While a baseline eye exam is a great start to healthy eyes, there are advances in eye care that could provide you with even more thorough exams.
Detailed Retinal Exam
A baseline eye exam will allow your optometrist to do a quick screening of the eye for disease but it will only allow them to view 20-30 degrees of the retina. In order to screen for retinal tears, tumours or blood vessel problems you need to look at the entire retina. There are 2 ways to do this:
Dilated Fundus Exam
This involves using eye drops to increase the size of the pupil temporarily so that the optometrist can look inside the eye better.