A thorough screening prior to surgery is essential to a proper diagnosis, treatment plan, and successful outcome.
Consultations help us evaluate general vision health, and can include specialized tests to determine whether you are a candidate for cataract surgery, what your visual potential is, and if there are other procedures or surgeries you should consider.
For cataract surgery consultations, we’ll complete a comprehensive eye exam looking clinically at all the structures of the eye. Once we’ve determined you are a good candidate for surgery, you’ll return for a follow up visit for specialized diagnostic testing, taking measurements, and an in-depth conversation to determine which intraocular lens will lead to the most successful outcome for you. By learning your unique goals, needs, and lifestyle, and how surgery can improve your quality of life.
Your consultation will entail:
We’ll begin by reviewing your family medical history, if you wear corrective lenses, what medications you currently take. This information helps us to better craft a treatment plan unique to you.
A standard vision test wherein you’ll read the standardized eye chart so we can determine how well you see at various distances.
The doctor will shine a bright beam of light through your pupils to evaluate how your pupils respond to light.
Loss of side vision can be a symptom of glaucoma, but you may not easily realize that some of your side vision is lost. This test is critical to detecting side vision loss you may not yet be aware of.
The ocular motility test evaluates the movement of your eye. We will measure your eyes and their ability to move quickly and track slow objects in all directions.
This test measures intraocular eye pressure, or IOP. Elevated IOP is associated with glaucoma and patients are often asymptomatic until the late stages of the disease when loss of vision occurs. It’s therefore important to monitor IOP during wellness exams. We put numbing drops in the eye and use a special instrument to gently check the pressure.
Front Section of Eye
Cataracts can be found via this test that evaluates the front section of the eye. A microscope called a slit lamp is used to illuminate the eyelids, iris, lens, and cornea to determine if you’re developing cataracts or have scars or scratches on your cornea.
Retina and Optic Nerve
The doctor will dilate your eye with drops if you have any preexisting eye medical condition or you need to monitor for signs of disease. This allows the doctor to properly examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage or any indicators of disease.