A MEDICAL EYE EXAM is a more focused exam to address any ocular health conditions. Such conditions can include a retina exam for patients with certain systemic conditions as diabetes, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels. They may also include ocular health issues discovered during a routine eye exam such as chronic dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration. In order to properly assess the internal health of your eyes your doctor may need to use *dilation eyedrops in your eyes. Certain patients may "opt out of the dilation eyedrops" and instead choose to have retinal imaging for a small fee (dependent on medical insurance coverage). A medical eye exam is not reserved solely for patients with known systemic or ocular conditions. It is recommended for any patient concerned about their ocular health or for those with any family history of eye disease.
*Dilation eyedrops can last in the eyes for up to 4-6 hours. While your eyes are dilated you may experience blurred near vision as well as light sensitivity. It is recommended to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes when leaving the office after having your eyes dilated. If it is your first time getting your eyes dilated, we recommend against driving.