Comprehensive Eye Care
The doctors at Cornea Consultants of Albany are specialists, but we also take care of your overall general eye health. Our comprehensive eye care includes diagnostic testing, medical, and surgical services such as:
- Screening and treatment for common eye diseases through routine eye exams
- Pediatric evaluations and care
- Evaluation of patients who may have visual loss or complaints, but do not have a diagnosis
- Glasses and contact lens prescriptions
A comprehensive eye exam acts as the entry point to more advanced sub-specialty care for patients needing additional medical or surgical services.
Here are some common vision tests you might have during your comprehensive eye exam:
- Visual Acuity Test: One of the primary tests in any comprehensive eye exam, this test will measure how much you can see using an eye chart.
- Retinoscopy: This test will determine your approximate eyeglass prescription. Your doctor will be able to get close to your prescription by judging how light reflects from your eye while flipping lenses in front of your eye.
- Refraction: This determines your exact eyeglass prescription using an instrument known as a phoropter that allows him to show you a series of lens choices, and then will ask you which lenses look clearer. This will continue until your doctor narrows down the lens power and reaches your true prescription.
- Pupil Dilation: Your doctor may need to enlarge your pupil using eye drops in order to see more of the internal structures of your eyes.
- Visual Field Test: This test checks for blind spots in your peripheral vision.
- Color Blindness Test: Besides just checking if any color blindness is hereditary, this test can also determine other possible eye health issues that could be causing your color blindness.
- Cover Test: This test can indicate if you have a binocular vision problem that causes eye strain or amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye”.
- Autorefractors and Aberrometers: These will automatically determine your eyeglass prescription by accurately focusing light on your retina to determine the lens power.
Slit-Lamp Examination: The slit lamp, or biomicroscope, gives your doctor a highly magnified view of the internal structures of your eye to determine eye health and look for signs of infection.
- The Glaucoma Test: Typically, your doctor will perform a “puff-of-air” test, or non-contact tonometry (NCT), that literally puffs a tiny bit of air at your eye to see how the eye resists to the air. This will allow the machine to calculate your intraocular pressure, which helps determine if you are at risk of developing glaucoma.