What to Expect at Optix – Part Two | Long Island Eye Doctor
Once you are successfully checked in, you are ready to begin your routine eye exam. Our technician will start by gathering information that will be used by the doctor during the exam. The prescription on your current glasses and sunglasses will be evaluated and presented to the doctor. A baseline prescription will be obtained and used as a starting point. At Optix, eye pressure is checked using a handheld device that has eliminated the long-dreaded air puff machine! A corneal topography will be obtained on every contact lens patient (see photo above!). This provides the doctor an in-depth view of the unique curvature of your cornea, aiding in the doctor’s contact lens evaluation. Additionally, it is recommended that every patient over the age of 18 be screened using the iWellness. This tool screens for macular degeneration and glaucoma using the latest technology. The doctor goes through the results with you at the end of the exam.
Once inside the exam room, our technician will request a thorough medical history from you. This will include past and present ocular conditions, as well as general medical conditions, medications you are taking, allergies you have, and whether any family members have been diagnosed with eye diseases. This information is important for the doctor to know as she assesses the health of your eyes. The doctor will check your visual acuity in your current glasses. She will then determine your new prescription using the latest technology, an instrument called an electronic phoropter. The health of the eyes will be assessed using an instrument called a slit lamp. At the end of the exam, the doctor will summarize her findings with you. She will discuss which eyewear is most appropriate to fit your lifestyle. She may also recommend additional medical testing if you are at risk for eye diseases.
Our doctors are fully trained to not only provide a prescription for glasses, but also to evaluate the health of the eyes. In the case that the eyes are irritated, red, itching, or dry, our doctors will determine the proper diagnosis and therapy. The technology at Optix allows our doctors to follow and treat patients for a myriad of problems such as dry eye, keratoconus, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and more.