Comprehensive Eye Exam

Regular eye exams are an important part of healthcare for people of all ages, including babies, children, adults, and seniors. If you need a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, then you need regular eye exams to assess your vision so that your prescription can be updated if necessary.

A comprehensive eye exam, though, is about much more than your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Even if you feel your vision is fine, many eye diseases have little to no symptoms in the early stages, and the only way to identify them early on is through a comprehensive eye exam.

What to Expect at a Comprehensive Eye Exam

Eye exams with Dr. Ellen Merkin include a variety of vision and eye health tests to help her gain a full understanding of your eye health. Tests also provide insight as to any necessary care or treatment plans required. During a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Ellen Merkin will test for basic vision problems to determine whether vision correction is needed and to detect the presence of eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and more.

We utilize the latest technology during a comprehensive eye exam, including the Optomap retinal exam. At the conclusion of your eye exam, your optometrist will be able to diagnose any issues and develop a treatment plan or management plan tailored to your unique needs.

Patient History

Dr. Ellen Merkin will talk to you about vision or eye health problems you may be having, your overall health, medications you’re currently taking, and any work-related or environmental situations which could affect your vision and eye health. Your doctor will also ask you whether there’s a history of eye diseases in your family, as some eye diseases have a genetic component.

Visual Acuity

Your visual acuity, which is your clarity or sharpness of vision, will be measured at 20 feet using the Snellen chart.

Refraction

The refraction test determines if you are nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatism, and determines the lens power needed to correct refractive errors.

Eye Focusing, Teaming, and Alignment Testing

The eyes must be able to change focus and work well as a team for you to experience clear vision. Your doctor will assess your binocular vision and ocular motility to determine if your eyes are working together as a team. This testing can identify problems which may be preventing your eyes from effectively focusing or which make using both eyes together more difficult.

Eye Health Evaluation

Your doctor will use a microscope and other devices to assess the health of your eyes during your exam and may dilate your pupils so that they can see the structures inside your eyes. During the eye health evaluation, your doctor will be able to check the pressure in your eyes and can also identify eye and systemic diseases of which you may not be aware. At the conclusion of your eye exam, your optometrist will provide you with a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses if you need them to see your best and will also talk to you about any vision or eye health issues revealed through the comprehensive eye exam.

Schedule Your Eye Examination with Dr. Ellen Merkin

When was the last time you had an annual eye exam? If it’s been more than a year, the time to do so is now. Comprehensive eye exams are an important part of healthcare for everyone, including babies, children, adults, and seniors.

Book an Appointment for a Comprehensive Eye Exam

Contact our office by calling 702-213-7235 today to schedule an appointment.

Can I do an eye exam online?

Eye exams online are not as accurate as an in person examination. I am able to look at the back and front of your eye with various pieces of equipment and access your eye health.

What is included in an eye exam?

The eye exam includes evaluating the health of your eye, including the retina, cornea, and lid margins. Your acuities will be taken and a new refraction for a current eyeglass prescription will be conducted.The patient will have a visual fields test for your peripheral vision and a glaucoma screener.

What diseases can be detected in an eye exam?

Some of the disease detected in an eye examination are diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol problems, and pituitary tumors to name a few.

How often do I need an eye exam?

We suggest an complete eye examination every year. Diabetic patients should have their eye health checked every 6 months.

Is it necessary for the doctor to dilate my pupils during the exam?

I do not dilate every patient for every visit. Dilation allows a better view of the peripheral retina in order to look for abnormalities.