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Comprehensive Eye ExamsFrom the Eyecare Professionals at Traverse City Eye Consultants

The Ultimate in Eye Health and Protection

When you trust Traverse City Eye Consultants with your eye exam, you get expert ophthalmology and optometric care from our eye doctors and optometrists. We have been serving families in the community for over 20 years.

Our comprehensive eye exam is more thorough than a vision screening that cannot diagnose exactly what is wrong with your eyes or uncover issues. A vision screening is a relatively short examination that can indicate the presence of a vision problem or a potential vision problem. It can indicate that you should make an appointment with our ophthalmologist or optometrist for a more comprehensive dilated eye examination.

These comprehensive eye exams are important to check for medical conditions or risk factors which may affect your vision such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Dry Eye
  • Focusing Problems, including Presbyopia
  • Glaucoma
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Refractive Error: Nearsighted, Farsighted or Astigmatism
  • Vision Problems such as Strabismus, Amblyopia or Binocular Vision

Most eye exams last between 45 minutes to an hour. We recommend a comprehensive eye exam be performed annually. Our doctors use the latest eye exam technology and equipment to help ensure your vision is at its best. They are specifically trained in exams for adults, seniors, and children.

What the Eye Exam Covers

  • Patient Background and History

    One of the most important parts in a comprehensive eye exam is your patient health history.

  • Visual Acuity/Eye Chart

    Visual acuity is a measurement of your vision using an eye chart, the Snellen Eye Chart.

  • Refraction Error

    Those who don’t have 20/20 vision have what is referred to as a “Refractive Error.” The patient may have nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or other eye conditions that prevent the patient from seeing 20/20.

  • Retinoscopy (a part of Refraction)

    Retinoscopy is a test that allows the doctor to obtain an approximate prescription for eyeglasses. In this test, the doctor uses a hand-held retinoscope that shines a light into the patient’s eye.

  • Eye Focusing and Eye Teaming Tests

    During our comprehensive eye exam, we will also want to test how your eyes function individually and together from a mechanical perspective. In order to see clearly and comfortably, your eyes need to work together smoothly, as a coordinated team.

  • Eye Health Evaluation

    An important aspect of a comprehensive eye exam is a check of your overall eye health done to identify eye conditions or diseases noted on the list found above.

  • Slit Lamp Test

    The slit lamp or biomicroscope allows our ophthalmologist to examine the internal and external parts of the eye in detail, such as the conjunctiva, iris, lens, cornea, retina, and the optic nerve.

  • Tonometry

    Tonometry is a test to detect glaucoma.

  • Pupil Dilation

    Dilation is done at the discretion our eye doctor, with some patients dilated every year and others at specified intervals. The frequency will vary for each patient.

Only the best will do when it comes to caring for your eyes. Trust the board-certified ophthalmologists, optometrists, and licensed opticians at Traverse City Eye for all your eye care needs. Let us help you protect and maintain your sight with our eye exams, procedures, and more!