Eye Health Exams

Healthy eyes are important for a healthy life, from the development of children to the proper aging of adults. Many people depend on their eyesight to help them engage in daily activities like working, reading and driving.

If your vision is impaired, so is your lifestyle. That’s why it is important to see your doctor annually for routine eye heath exams. Maintaining the health of your eyes and preventing disease requires proactive care, and we are here to help.

Comprehensive Eye Health Examination

VisionPoint provides comprehensive ophthalmology and optometry services for both children and adults. Our doctors and staff members are qualified and experienced in performing annual eye health exams and contact lens exams. Our expertise allows us to accurately determine your prescription and recommend the best treatment options for your health and lifestyle. We understand and accommodate the special needs of the elderly, the very young and the highly active, providing personalized care for every patient.

View Video

Your eye health examination will include the following components:

  • Personal Ocular and General Health History – This includes a review of general and ocular health with emphasis on diabetes, hypertension and glaucoma. Work requirements and lifestyle needs are also assessed.
  • Visual Acuity – This is used to determine your current visual status.
  • Refraction – This determines the prescription needed to provide clear, comfortable vision.
  • Binocular Vision – This evaluation assesses eye coordination, muscle balance and focusing capabilities.
  • External Examination – This examines the lids, cornea, conjunctiva and surrounding tissues.
  • Internal Examination – This examination with digital retinal photographs is used to inspect the retina and other tissues for glaucoma, macular degeneration or any other abnormality, whether ocular or systemic.
  • Post-Examination Consultation – This includes a discussion on the findings of your examination as well as recommendations for treatment.

Mother and son at VisionPoint Eye Center in the waiting room reading a bookEye Health Exams for Children

The American Optometric Association recommends that pre-school children receive a complete eye health exam at the ages of three years and five years. It is particularly important that a child has a complete evaluation in the summer prior to entry into Kindergarten. While in school, since so much of learning is dependent on good vision, annual evaluations are recommended.

Diabetic Eye Health Examinations

Did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in younger Americans and that 50% of diabetic complications are missed without a dilated evaluation?

Our doctors always start diabetic eye health examinations with a thorough dilated retinal evaluation and a detailed retinal image for evaluation and documentation. For higher-risk patients, we utilize advanced technology available for the detection of early diabetic eye disease. After your annual examination, a summary of the findings is sent to your endocrinologist and/or family doctor to maintain communication with contributing partners.

24 Hour Emergency Services

The doctors at VisionPoint provide 24-hour on call emergency eye service. Whether removing an ocular foreign body or treating common conjunctivitis, our doctors can handle all your emergency eye care needs.
Our doctors are preferred providers for all local major health insurances including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Alliance, Humana, Cigna, Aetna and United Health Care. All emergency visits are applied to the respective medical insurance, not vision insurance.
View Video

Technology Used at VisionPoint

The cutting edge eyecare technology used at VisionPoint means better precision and more answers for you. Take a look at some of the cutting edge technology available to you on your next visit.

  • High Definition Ocular Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test. OCT uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina. With OCT, the doctor can see each of the retina’s distinctive layers. This allows the doctor to map and measure their thickness. These measurements help with diagnosis. They also provide treatment guidance for glaucoma and diseases of the retina. These retinal diseases include age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic eye disease.
  • Humphrey Visual Field – This machine is utilized to detect diseases of the optic nerve or visual pathway, including Glaucoma Progression Analysis (GPA). It is considered the industry “gold standard,” allowing our doctors to critically analyze subtle changes that would be undetected using standard software.
  • Eidon Digital Retinal Imaging – This machine takes images of your retina which can help detect many subtle problems that can otherwise be underemphasized without this technology.
  • Marco Refraction Systems – This utilizes wave-front technology to precisely determine a patient’s glasses prescription. This technology also allows the doctors to topographically access the surface of the eye for defects that could distort vision.
  • Compulink Often considered the flagship EMR software for the eye care industry, Compulink is utilized by our office to provide an efficient, detailed examination. Among other services, Compulink allows our patients to fill out their medical history, including medications, at home and have it automatically flood to their own electronic file. This information is reviewed by the doctor’s assistants and finalized for the doctor to review.

This allows a streamlined efficient work up process, which provides less wait time in the office.

  • Veracity
  • IOL Master 700
  • Yag Laser
  • Argon Laser
  • Alcon LenSx femtosecond laser system
  • iDesign
  • VISX® STAR S4 excimer laser

Order Glasses and Contacts

After your eye health exam, place your order for contacts or glasses with us so you can begin enjoying better vision as soon as possible. Consult our eyewear specialists to find frames in the right shape and style for you. We provide glasses for children and adults, as well as sunglasses for many prescriptions.

Consider LASIK instead of Glasses or Contacts

Are you interested in iLASIK surgery? Click here to determine if you are a candidate.

Eye Health Exams FAQ’s

When should my child receive his/her first eye exam?

The concern with relying on visual complaints from a child is that children assume how they see is how everyone sees. The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommend children receive their first eye exam by an eye doctor at 6 months of age, and again before entering school, or around 4 to 5 years of age. Eye examinations are then advised annually during school age years. Although the visual system will often shift until age 15-17, if some visual defects are not correctly identified and addressed before the age of 10, permanent damage can occur.

When is the right time for my child to get contacts?

The age that children embrace responsibility varies, but most patients are able to successfully begin contact lens wear between the ages of 10-11. Our Doctors recommend and encourage daily disposable contact lenses, which are the healthiest and most comfortable contact lenses available. Daily disposable contact lenses are ideal for children and adults with busy lifestyles because they avoid the hassle of daily cleaning, complicated solutions, and sporadic wear schedules.

What is dilation and do I need to have it done at my next visit?

There are different options our doctors have when ordering medications for eye dilation. The most common medications can often cause visual effects lasting up to 4 hours.

These effects include:

  • light sensitivity
  • sometimes near or distance vision blur
  • large pupils

Sometimes dilation medications are required that are stronger than the common dilation medications. These medications include Cyclopentolate, Homatropine, and Atropine. These stronger dilation medications are often required with children having frontal headaches or other suspicious findings, and are also used for certain inflammations of the eye. The stronger dilation medications can have effects lasting 8-12 hours, or even up to 7 days. Side effects for non-routine dilations are discussed instillation.

Can I be dilated when I am pregnant?

The doctors encourage dilating the eyes during pregnancy for any of the following conditions:

  • Gestational Diabetes or Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Recent onset of flashes of light in vision, or recent onset of new floaters in vision.
  • Significant shift in prescription.

Although dilation medications are very safe, dilation is usually postponed without the above conditions until after nursing.

What’s the difference between an Ophthalmologist, Optometrist and Optician?

Ophthalmologist

Specializing in eye and vision care, an ophthalmologist is primarily an Eye M.D. or D.O. (medical or osteopathic doctor). This professional is different from optometrists in terms of level of training and in the conditions that can be diagnosed and treated. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has completed a bachelor’s degree in the sciences and at least eight years of additional medical training (4 years of medical school, 1 year of internship in general medicine, and a minimum of 3 years in a university and hospital-based residency specializing in ophthalmology). Therefore, this professional is licensed to practice medicine and surgery.

This eye doctor undergoes specialized training covering the different facets of eye care during residency, including the prevention, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of various eye conditions and diseases. That is, an ophthalmologist performs diagnosis and applies treatment to all eye diseases. If needed, this specialist performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision issues. A number of ophthalmologists are also active in scientific research to determine the causes and cures of various eye conditions and vision disorders.

Optometrist

By contrast, an optometrist is an eye specialist with the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Similar to ophthalmologists, these professionals examine the eyes for vision issues, and they correct refractive errors also by prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. They also are licensed to prescribe medication to treat certain eye conditions and diseases, but their scope of medical care is determined by state law. In addition, as opposed to ophthalmologists, optometrists are not trained or licensed to perform eye surgery, with a few exceptions.
In terms of training, optometrists undergo four years of post-graduate training in optometry school after completing a four-year college degree in the sciences. Their period of training is therefore similar to that of a dentist. Similar to ophthalmologists, optometrists must undergo continuing education to maintain their licensure and stay updated with the latest standards of eye care.

Optician

Opticians usually have a combination of college (or two years of optician school) and on-the-job training. Opticians are trained to fit and dispense eyeglasses or contact lenses based upon a prescription from a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist. You may see an optician if you want to order glasses and/or contacts.

1107 Optique Logo

See. And be seen.

Choose from a wide array of impeccably crafted, fashion-forward frames for the ultimate in self-expression. 1107 Optique at VisionPoint features exclusive lines of eyewear and sunglasses, including Lafont, Etnia Barcelona, and Gucci.

Pencil Icon
LASIK Self-Test
Clipboard Icon
Medical History Forms
Clock Icon
Request an Appointment
Eye Icon
Order Contacts