You will be greeted by a doctor’s assistant and your preliminary testing will begin. Our advanced technology allows us to establish a corneal measurement and topography image, automated refraction and tonometry (intraocular pressures), and a baseline peripheral vision measurement. The assistant will inquire about your vision needs and concerns, review your medical history, and measure your visual acuity.
The doctor will then determine your subjective refraction which is the basis for your glasses and/or contact lens prescription. He/She will determine binocularity (eye teaming and alignment), assess pupillary reactions (a neurological component of your exam), and evaluate with a biomicroscope the anterior portions of your eyes for any ocular health concerns.
A comprehensive eye exam also includes an in-depth assessment of the internal layer of the eye called the retina. Your doctor may suggest dilating the pupils to more easily view the retina. An alternative way of viewing the peripheral retina is by utilizing the digital Optomap Retinal camera called the OPTOS. Patients will be offered this innovative technology for a nominal fee of $39.00 during your appointment.
You will be advised of additional testing and services that are not part of your normal comprehensive exam. Some of these optional services such as contact lens exams, may not be covered by your insurance and can be reviewed in detail with an Apple Valley Eye Care staff member.
Learn more about what problems can be spotted with an eye exam, what’s involved in a comprehensive exam, and special considerations for kids and contacts.
As we reach middle age, particularly after age 40, it is common to start to experience difficulty with reading and performing other tasks that require near vision. This is because, with age, the lens of our eye becomes increasingly inflexible, making it harder to focus on close objects. This condition is called presbyopia and eventually, it happens to some extent, to everyone as they age.
Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a chronic condition that develops when your eyes do not produce and maintain enough tears to keep the eye’s surface lubricated.
According to experts, 80% of learning is visual, which means that if your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, his or her learning can be affected. This also goes for infants who develop and learn about the world around them through their sense of sight. To ensure that your children have the visual resources they need to grow and develop normally, their eyes and vision should be checked by an eye doctor at certain stages of their development.
We diagnose and manage ocular diseases such as Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Cataracts.
Myopia is a very common issue throughout the world. Approximately 1/3 of the population in the United States have the condition and over 90% of several East Asian countries suffer from myopia.
We use the most up-to-date technology to ensure the best eye care possible. Learn about the different types of tests and equipment you may experience on a visit to our Practice.
Did you know your optometrist can help you with red eyes, pink eye, or sore eyes, foreign body removal, and eye emergencies?
If you're ready for an alternative to glasses and/or contacts look to us for co-management of LASIK, cataract, and other ocular surgery.
Orthokeratology, or "ortho-k," is the process of reshaping the eye with specially-designed rigid gas permeable contact lenses. The goal of ortho-k is to flatten the front surface of the eye and thereby correct mild to moderate amounts of nearsightedness and astigmatism.
This service offers early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost regardless of income or ability to pay. It is a one-time, comprehensive eye and vision assessment for babies, usually conducted between the ages of 6 and 12 months.
Low vision is the term used to describe reduced eyesight that cannot be fully corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or eye surgery.
Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that's easily corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses and on some occasions, surgery.
Vision plays a crucial role throughout childhood and beyond. Many parents don't understand how vision helps their children develop appropriately.
Sports eyewear can give you the performance edge you're seeking for just about any sport (tennis, racquetball, etc.) or recreational activity (hunting, fishing, etc.).