Eye Exams and Eye Tests


Glaucoma Testing

Glaucoma is a classification of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. It is usually treated by lowering the pressure of the eye. The pressure of the eye is different from a person's blood pressure. Eye pressure should be tested by an ophthalmologist. Early treatment for glaucoma includes both eyedrops as well as a simple laser procedure. If undiagnosed or left untreated, glaucoma can result in devastating vision loss and blindness. Because glaucoma starts to cause vision loss in a person's peripheral vision or "side vision" many people do not realize they are losing vision. If you have a family history of glaucoma, you should have a full glaucoma screening at your next eye appointment. 


Dry Eye Syndrome Treatment

Dry eye syndrome can present with a variety of symptoms, ranging from a scratchy sensation, to stinging or burning in the eye. Though seemingly counterintuitive, patients with dry eye may also experience excess tearing which tend to follow periods of dryness. Other symptoms include eyelid heaviness, eye pain, discharge, pain, and eye redness. Dry eye can even cause blurry vision. Now, as we move deeper into the digital age, dry eye has become more of an issue for patients. Staring at our phones and computer screens for increasing amounts of time, resulting in decreased blinking, can cause or aggravate dry eye symptoms. If you are a patient with a medical disease such as Sjogren's syndrome you may also experience very significant dry eye symptoms. 


Diabetic Eye Exam

Any patient with a history of Diabetes should have a yearly dilated eye exam with an ophthalmologist. A dilated eye exam requires eye drops to dilate (or enlarge) the pupil so that the ophthalmologist can view the patient's retina through a set of special lenses. Even in patient's with seemingly good blood sugar control, the retina can still sustain damage and the only way to evaluate this is by having a comprehensive exam with an ophthalmologist. If significant evidence of diabetic retinopathy is seen on your eye exam, you may be referred to a retina specialist for more in depth evaluation.