We Look Out for Your Vision and Eye Health
Did you know that you need regular comprehensive eye exams – even if your vision is sharp and you have no complaints about your eyes? Symptoms of many common eye problems may not appear until the disease or abnormality has progressed to a late stage, when effective treatment is much more challenging. At Eye Luv Lucy, we encourage our patients to come in for routine eye exams. This is the best way for our South San Jose eye doctors to detect or rule out signs of an eye condition as early as possible.
An eye exam assesses your eye health in the same way that a physical exam evaluates your overall body condition. We look closely at your entire visual system, paying attention for early indications of eye disease, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal complications, and diabetic retinopathy.
We are a family-friendly practice, and we welcome patients of all ages to benefit from our detailed eye exams. Every patient receives personalized, caring attention in our modern optometry clinic. Using cutting-edge technology and digital optics, our experienced eye doctor, Dr. Lucy Yen, ensures that your diagnosis will be precise and complete.
How to Prepare for Your Eye Exam
When you contact our South San Jose office to schedule your eye exam, it’s important to tell us about any visual problems you are experiencing. We also recommend:
- Bring a list of your questions when you meet with our eye doctor, and be ready to share information about your overall health, family eye history, and medications you are taking.
- If you have an existing vision prescription, please bring it, along with your eyeglasses and contact lenses.
- Come prepared with a pair of sunglasses for the way home, in case our eye doctor applies dilating eye drops that will heighten sensitivity to light.
What Happens During a Comprehensive Eye Exam?
Your eye exam will last from half an hour to a full hour. We’ll check both your vision and eye health. The specific procedures and tests that we’ll perform will vary depending upon your age, health, and ocular condition. Here’s a basic step-by-step outline of our eye exams:
- Eye alignment and eye muscle mobility will be evaluated. Our eye doctor will observe how you move your eyes when tracking an object.
- We’ll use a cover test to check eye teaming, which is how your eyes function together. One eye will be covered at a time as you gaze at a designated object. As each eye is covered and uncovered consecutively, Dr. Lucy Yen will watch out for an eye that turns away from the object (a sign of strabismus).
- The response of your pupils to light will be checked.
- Visual acuity will be examined by having you read a standard eye chart. To determine your vision prescription, we may use a refractor and a manual phoropter to ensure that your prescription is accurate. You’ll be asked to look through a series of lenses and give feedback on what appears clearer.
- A slit lamp will be used to magnify and light up the front of your eye. This is how our eye doctor inspects your cornea, lens, iris, and the back of your eye.
- Dilating eye drops may be applied to perform a retinal examination. The drops take about 20 minutes to work, and you can expect blurred vision and sensitivity to light. Using an ophthalmoscope (high-powered magnification), Dr. Lucy Yen will then look at the eye health of the tissues at the back of your eye, including your optic nerve, vitreous fluid, retina and retinal blood vessels.
- Tonometry is used to measure the pressure of the fluid inside your eyes. Higher than normal results can indicate glaucoma. This test is quick and painless, done either by gently touching the front surface of your eye or by using a puff of air that is blown across your eye surface.
- Visual field testing maps your ability to see peripheral vision. Weak peripheral vision can be a sign of certain eye conditions.
- Supplementary testing, such as pachymetry to measure corneal thickness, may also be performed – as necessary. Our eye doctor will determine which tests are needed for your individual condition.
After your eye exam in our comfortable South San Jose office, we’ll meet with you to share all of the test results. Our outstanding eye care is based on a solid partnership with our patients. Therefore, we’ll discuss your condition to decide together upon the most appropriate treatment to suit your lifestyle, eye health and visual needs.