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Eye & Vision Exams

At McDonald Optical, we know that the key to healthy eyes and clear eyesight is getting regular and thorough eye testing annually. Our eye doctors offer comprehensive vision exams and eye exams for every patient, and we encourage you to schedule them regularly. Because these exams allow us to keep track of your eye health and keep your prescription up-to-date, they’re the foundation of all our optometry services here in Iowa City.

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Routine Vision Exams from Our Eye Doctors

Routine vision examinations include medical history, vision testing, eye function testing, and eye health evaluations. Before you change your prescription or continue with the same lenses for another year, our doctors ensure your new prescription is completely precise and accurate, and also check for any additional factors that could require specialty lenses or treatments.

Of course, our eye doctors perform a series of tests to examine your eyes’ form and function. You may read letters from different distances, but we’ll also test your eyes’ responses to light, movement, and other changing conditions, as well as the way your eyes work separately and together. We want to know how sharply and clearly you see, but we also need to understand other factors that could affect your eyewear, like corneal curvature and vision conditions. Our eye exams include:

Medical History and Consultation

During an eye exam, the doctors will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications your are currently taking, any blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. The doctors will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.

Vision Testing

Our doctors will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. The refraction, or prescription determination, is only performed by our highly experienced optometrists. Depending on the results of your vision test, our doctors may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.

Eye Function Testing

Our optometrist may perform several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. The test results enable our doctors to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.

Eye Health

Our doctors evaluate eye health by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. After completing these tests, our doctors review the results and discuss treatments with you. 

Comprehensive Eye Exams

Comprehensive eye exams are more in depth than routine exams. If you have eye disease, certain systemic diseases, take certain medications, or symptoms of an eye disease you will receive a comprehensive eye exam. During your this exam, your eye doctor will take precise measurements and use sophisticated tools and computer equipment to evaluate your eyes. These evaluations may require dilation beforehand, which allows us to see more of the eyeball and detect the earliest signs of diabetes or degeneration. Checking everything from the number of blood vessels to the amount of fluid pressure, your eye doctor will look for signs of cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and other diseases that gradually damage the eyes and vision without proper treatment.

Digital Retinal Photography

Digital Retinal Photography is new technology that represents the latest in eye disease detection. It allows us to more thoroughly evaluate your retina, the sensitive tissue in your eye that is responsible for vision. The retina is susceptible to a variety of diseases, which can lead to vision loss. Digital Retinal Photography gives us a more comprehensive way of viewing your eyes than was previously available and it allows us to perform a more thorough exam. As it adds to our ability to evaluate the health of your eyes; it is especially important if you have headaches, spots or flashes, a family history of glaucoma, diabetes or macular degeneration, high blood pressure, or elevated cholesterol.

Call Us Today For An Appointment!

Call us today to schedule your next eye exam with one of our eye doctors at McDonald Optical at 319-337-4995.

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