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Examinations for more than just 20/20


Our comprehensive visual exams include:

  • A thorough patient history, including general health and developmental history.
  • A measurement of how clearly the patient can see in the distance and up close (visual acuity, e.g. 20/20)
  • A measurement of the presence of any refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism)
  • An assessment of eye focusing, eye teaming, and eye movement abilities (accommodation, binocular vision, ocular motility)
  • An examination of the health of the eyes

With our doctors additional training in developmental and functional visual problems, we go beyond what most people consider a typical eye exam to evaluate.  Even with 20/20 vision, a person can have significant visual difficulties that are interfering with their performance. Our extended evaluation of visual skill performance uses this developmental, functional and behavioral approach to help identify visual difficulties that can interfere with performance.  Depending on these results, additional tests of visual developmental and perceptual abilities may be indicated to effectively assess the patients total visual state.  Our goal is to not only compensate for a visual conditions (nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism), but when needed correct visual problems and enhance visual abilities that can directly impact performance.    

The eye health evaluation looks for external and internal eye diseases including glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, conditions of the eyelids, corneal and retinal eye disease.  Should any treatment be needed, our doctors may provide treatment, or arrange consultation with other specialists if needed.  Surgical co-management when appropriate is also provided. 

Yearly visual performance and eye health examinations are an important part of preventive health care. Many vision and eye health problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. A problem can become advanced before you are aware a problem exists. Many conditions such as ADD and autism often have undetected visual difficulties.  Early diagnosis and treatment of vision or eye health problem are important for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss.