If you need to schedule an Eye Exam near Bothell or Woodinville, Mill Creek Vision is the place to go!
Although each exam is unique to the patient’s needs depending on their health and visual needs, a typical exam at Mill Creek Vision may include:
- Medical history
- Measurement of visual acuity
- Pupil dilation (to evaluate the back part of the eyes)
- Intraocular pressure (Glaucoma)
- Blood Pressure
- Visual Field test
- Prescription (lenses or medicine)
All patients under 18 years of age, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the appointment. An examination will reveal common problems such as retinal detachments, corneal diseases, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts or anything else that you may or may not be symptomatic of.
What’s the Difference Between a Vision Screening and a Complete Eye Exam?
A vision screening can be helpful but it is by no means a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. Vision screenings are used to help identify those at risk for vision problems and are often performed by a school nurse or volunteer. Even the test conducted by the clerk at the Drivers License Bureau is a form of vision screening. While these efforts can be helpful, they are not conducted by experienced professionals who have the training to detect eye disease.
A comprehensive eye examination performed by our optometrist involves careful testing of every aspect of your vision. The exam will give the eye doctor enough information to recommend a personal treatment plan. These exams are much more thorough than the simple vision check conducted by family physicians and pediatricians as part of a medical check-up.
Treatment plans can be as simple as recommending eyeglasses or as serious as spotting a need for eye surgery. The point is that only with a comprehensive eye exam can you be sure that your eyes are getting the best treatment available. That is why no matter who you are, annual eye exams are essential to ensure you are seeing clearly and preserving your vision for life.
Which Procedures Are Part of a Comprehensive Eye Examination?
A comprehensive eye exam includes a variety of procedures to evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. Some – like reading an eye chart –are most likely familiar to you. However, unless you have had a comprehensive eye exam, many of the evaluations will be new. For example:
- An autorefractor evaluates the way an image is focused on the retina, where vision processing takes place, without the need for you to give feedback. This makes autorefractors especially useful when examining people who may have difficulty with a regular (“subjective”) refraction.
- Cover tests, in which the eye doctor will have you focus on a small object at a distance and will then cover each of your eyes, can detect even a very subtle misalignment that can interfere with your eyes working together properly (binocular vision) and cause amblyopia or “lazy eye.”
- Tonometry is the name for a variety of tests that can be performed to determine the pressure inside the eye. The most common method used is the “air puff” test – in which an automated instrument discharges a small burst of air onto the surface of your eye. Based on your eye’s resistance to the puff of air, the machine calculates the pressure inside your eye – called your intraocular pressure. Though the test itself can be startling, there’s no risk of eye injury from the air puff test as only air touches your eye during this measurement.
There are other tests that the eye doctor may decide to perform based on his or her observations, almost all of which are quick and painless. They are, however, very important in assessing the overall health of your eyes.
With early detection, your chances of successful treatment are much higher. Our eye doctor will also assess how your eyes work together. Your eyes can be an indicator of your overall health, and our eye doctor will evaluate if there are any non-vision health issues that you should be aware of.