There’s a standard level of care that everyone should expect from their Optometrist and their team. We strive to surpass that in order to provide an eye exam and an eye care plan that works for you now, and continues to guide you in the future. We approach each eye exam with care and consideration for your unique eyes.
1. A couple of diagnostic tests to kick things off.
Your comprehensive eye exam will first begin with diagnostic testing. This includes an initial analysis of how your eyes focus, as a baseline for your prescription. Second, that famous “puff of air”. This is a screening for glaucoma and eye pressure assessment.
Together, these preliminary measurements give the Eye Doctor the correct data to properly begin your exam. They are taken by a trained Nuvo Technician.
2. The importance of your retinal scan.
The Optomap Retinal Scan has become a standard of care at Nuvo. This laser scanning procedure provides an ultra-wide digital image of your retina which allows the doctor to perform a much more thorough exam. It is an essential tool in screening and diagnosing many eye problems, including cancers, diabetes, hypertension, strokes, etc… There is no radiation involved, so there’s no need to worry about repeated exposure! The scan is completed at the time of diagnostic testing, or after your time with the doctor.
3. History is in the making...
At the beginning of your time with the Optometrist, an overview of your medical and ocular history will be recorded. This is important since your genealogy can affect how your eyes develop, it can indicate risk of conditions/diseases, and it (of course) gives your Optometrist an idea of your eyes’ personal journey. You may have had a retinal detachment in the past, or have a history of dry eyes, etc.
The more information we have, the easier it is for the Eye Doctor to customize your eye care plan.
4. Next up: Visual Acuity
… In other words, the clarity/sharpness of vision. Your acuity is measured at a distance of 20 feet. This is where those famous “20/20” numbers come from.
5. Prescription, prescription, prescription.
Your prescription is obviously a vital part of your exam. It determines the power(s) needed for you to see clearly!
6. Keeping it all healthy!
The Eye Doctor now analyzes the internal and external health of the eye (also referred to as a “slit lamp examination”). Then, they assess your muscle balance to see how your eyes work together.
7. And even more...
Additional assessments such as colour testing, depth perception and other auxiliary tests are performed as required/requested based on individual needs.
8. Wrapping it all up!
The conclusion of your eye exam involves the review of your eye care plan. It can include prescribing glasses, working out future contact lens care, medication management and follow up care, or even just a simple overview of your healthy eyes. Whatever your vision needs, we’ll make sure to take care of you!