Eye and Vision Exam
When you stop and think about how much of the world’s beauty reaches you through your eyes, is there anything you wouldn’t do preserve their well-being? One of the most important strategies for doing so also happens to be one of the easiest – scheduling periodic eye and vision exams at Aucello Eyecare Center. Our team of optometrists in Newington and South Windsor, CT can check to make sure that your eyes are in good health, working well and conveying clear vision.
What to Expect from Your Eye Exam
A comprehensive eye exam is a series of procedures aimed at giving our optometrists the most accurate possible picture of your current eye health, eye function and visual acuity. Whether you’re experiencing obvious eye or vision problems or not, our optometrists highly recommend that you schedule a comprehensive eye exam every year just to play it safe. (Seniors, with their elevated risk for age-related ocular complaints, and individuals suffering from certain eye disorders should go in for more frequent evaluations.) You can expect us to administer the following steps:
- Eye health – The most accurate eye health exams are performed under pupil dilation. Dilated pupils give us a wider viewing angle to examine the inner structures of the eye. This helps us see the telltale signs of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and optic nerve damage – all of which require the soonest possible diagnosis and treatment. We also test for glaucoma using methods such as tonometry to measure your intraocular fluid pressure.
- Eye function – In order for your eyes and brain to team up to create clear visual images, they must be communicating with each other properly. Eye function testing lets us check for any mechanical or neurological barriers to that communication. We will examine your eyes’ alignment as well as their ability to focus, move in unison, track objects and so on. We also test your peripheral vision, depth/color perception and eye dominance to see if you could benefit from visual therapy or other corrective treatments.
Vision Testing for Refractive Disorders
Sometimes an elongation, foreshortening or other irregularity in the shape of the eye causes blurred vision at specific distances. This type of problem is called a refractive error. Our visual acuity tests reveal how clearly you can see at all distances based on how well you can read an eye chart. If you’re experiencing blurriness, you’ll keep reading the chart through a viewer called a phoropter while we make adjustments to find the ideal degree of correction.
Optomap® Digital Retinal Imaging
At Aucello Eye Care Center, we aim to offer you the finest care in the area, and that includes investing in the newest and best technology. We’re proud to announce we now offer eye examinations featuring the Optomap system. This new technology allows our eye doctors in South Windsor and Newington to see the interior of your eye much better, allowing us to diagnose problems much earlier than before.
With a traditional eye examination, our optometrists will use eye drops to dilate your eyes. This allows them to see the interior of your eye when a light is shining on it. Some patients find this combination of dilation and bright lights very uncomfortable. With our new technology, Optomap Digital Retinal Imaging, the discomfort is completely gone. It’s a retinal imaging device that allows our doctors to look deeper and more thoroughly into your eyes, giving them the ability to diagnose conditions that were never visible under traditional exam methods.
Traditional exam methods examine a small portion of the retina around the front of the eye. Optomap DRI has an ultra-wide field digital scanning technology, which allows our doctors to see up to 82 percent of the retina at one time. It can show digital images of different layers of the retina, providing the doctors with the most comprehensive information about your optical abnormalities.
Our Optometrists Talk about Eye Exams and Health
Your eye health can be a great indicator of your overall health, and an eye exam is the best way for your optometrists to diagnose any potential issues. Some of the health problems that show clues in the eyes are:
- Risk of strokes
- Certain types of cancer
- Signs of heart disease
While your eye doctors in Newington and South Windsor can’t treat your general health problems, they can be a valuable ally by diagnosing these serious conditions and alerting you to them. Early diagnosis is the best case scenario for every disease, and is usually the key to a full and speedy recovery.
Schedule an Eye Exam
Early detection is the key to fighting eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. That is why it is so important for you to have regular eye exams and why Aucello EyeCare Center invests in the latest technology and treatment options. If you are in need of an eye exam, contact our South Windsor office at (860) 644-4362 or our Newington office at (860) 667-2020.