Comprehensive Eye Exams
Regular eye examinations are essential to maintaining eye health and preventing blindness. Many permanent or vision threatening eye diseases have no warning signs until they have taken away some or all of our vision.
At Richie Eye Clinic we will diagnose and help treat diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal disorders, cataracts, eye injuries and much more.
How Often Should You Have an Eye Exam?
6 months to 1 year old— Even if no eye or vision problems are apparent, the American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby’s first eye assessment at 6 months of age.
Things the optometrist will test include:
- Excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
- Eye movement ability
- Eye health problems
At Richie Eye Clinic we have several InfantSEE providers to help provide the best care for your infant. Please go to www.infantsee.org for more information.
Children and teenagers should have their next eye exam at 3 years old and before they begin kindergarten to help determine whether they need glasses for schoolwork and to verify their eyes are healthy. After this, every year to make sure that sight is developing normally.
Adults should have a comprehensive eye exam every year or two and at least once a year after age 50 when blinding diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration are more common.
Dilation drops are used in the eyes to make the pupils larger in order for the doctor to get a better view of the internal structures of your eyes. These drops take 15-20 minutes to start working and will make you more sensitive to light (because more light is getting into your eye). You may notice difficulty focusing on objects up close, to a lesser extent, distance vision may be affected for three to five hours.
Once the drops have taken effect, the doctor will use a variety of instruments and light sources to look at your eyes. At the end of your exam, you may drive home, with caution. We will provide you with sunglasses if needed. Please bring a driver with to your appointment if you have concerns or know you have difficulty driving after dilating eye drops.
At Richie Eye Clinic we believe in the highest level of care. As a part of this, we take retinal photos during all of our comprehensive eye exams.
**Please note if you have a retinal condition we are monitoring these photos will be billed to your medical insurance.
First of all, welcome to our clinic! We look forward to taking exceptional care of you and your eyes.
What to bring?
- Insurance cards
- Vision insurance information (if applicable)
- New patient form if unable to submit electronically
- Glasses prescription or glasses
- Contact lens prescription or boxes (if applicable)