Today’s eye exam is an interactive partnership between the doctor and the patient. We rely on the accuracy of your responses to provide you with the most comprehensive examination. In order to identify all of your needs and any potential health problems we ask that you complete a health survey at every visit to provide a more complete historical and current health record. It is said that the eyes are the gateway to the body and in many cases this is completely accurate. Many medications, vitamins, and foods can all influence the health of your eyes and your vision. Additionally, many diseases can be observed by examining the health of the eyes. Several common examples include heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. For these reasons it is very important to have regular eye exams to dilate the pupils. The eye exam is made up of two basic components, the refraction and the ocular health exam. The first portion or the refraction determines the best prescription for your glasses by having you (the patient) subjectively identify the best option. We allow you to try on the new prescription so that you can compare it to your current glasses in different settings such as reading and viewing the computer. The second portion of the exam requires your eyes to be dilated. This allows our doctors to examine the outside structures of your eyes, measure the pressure within the eye (one test for glaucoma), check for cataracts, and examine the retina or the very back of your eyes. The dilation specifically allows our doctors to examine the extreme edges of the retina to ensure that no problems exist potentially leading to vision loss.