Ready to get an eye exam in Memphis? At our vision center MECA's ophthalmologists use many procedures and tests to evaluate the health and condition of the patient's eyes. These include testing of vision with an eye chart, measurements for glasses, and examination of the front and back portions of the eye with special microscopes. During our exams we evaluate all patients for the need for glasses and the presence of sight threatening eye diseases such as cataracts, corneal disease, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Many of these diseases do not cause any visual symptoms before vision loss occurs. Regular and thorough eye exams conducted by qualified and experienced ophthalmologists are essential for establishing and maintaining healthy eyes.
Exams may include a:
- Visual acuity or refraction test to determine the degree to which you may be nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. The refraction is also an important tool to determine your best corrected visual acuity and discover any presence of eye disease
- Intraocular Eye Pressure is important in the diagnosis of Glaucoma or intraocular hypertension
- Muscle function test to check the movement of your eyes in each direction and at specified angles. This test will identify any muscle weakness or involuntary eye movement.
- Binocular vision skills assessment to ensure that your eyes work together properly as a team. This is important for proper depth perception, eye muscle coordination and the ability to change focus from near to far objects.
- Visual field test to measure your peripheral vision, the width of the area you can see when you are looking straight ahead. This test may also detect diseases of the eyes or neurological disorders.
- Retinal tests to screen or document macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic changes
- Examination of the anterior and posterior segments of the eye by the physician. Dilation is needed for optimum view.