Basic Eye Health and Vision Exam
Our basic exam covers a complete medical history including both eye and your general health. Tests include Visual Acuity, muscle balance tests, peripheral vision and papillary responses. A Refraction determines your best possible vision at both distance and near. In addition to your vision the doctor will measure your intraocular eye pressure and examine all structures of your eye from the cornea in the front to your retina in the back. After evaluating all the data the doctor will discuss the various treatment options to allow you to see your best. This exam is often covered by your vision coverage.
In our continued efforts to bring the most advanced technology available to our patients, we are proud to provide our patients with the Optomap Retinal Exam as an integral part of your eye exam.
Many eye problems can develop without warning and progress with no symptoms. Early on, you might not notice any change in your vision. However, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, as well as other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can be detected with a thorough exam of the retina. The retina is the part of your eye that catches the image of what you are looking at, similar to the film in a camera.
An Optomap Retinal Exam:
- Scans the internal structures of the retina in the back of the eyes to confirm they are healthy or detect the presence of disease.
- An overview map of the retina, gives your eye doctor a detailed view of your eye at the time of your exam.
- The opportunity for you to view and discuss the Optomap images of your eyes with your doctor at the time of your exam.
- A permanent record for your medical file, enabling your doctor to make important comparisons if potential problems show themselves at a future examination.
- There is an additional charge for the Optomap Retinal Exam of $41.00. Some insurance plans will cover the cost of the exam, but not all.
- The Optomap Retinal Exam does not replace the dilation of the pupils; only the doctor will determine if dilation is needed. If dilation is necessary the doctor will discuss with you.
Contact Lens Exam
In addition to the basic eye health and vision exam all contact lens wearers need additional testing in order to safely wear contact lenses. All contact lens exams include the following: Complete analysis of contact lens prescription requirement, evaluation of previous contact lens history, lens type, wearing schedules, evaluation of your eye’s particular physiological requirements related to wearing lenses. Diagnostic lenses and fitting various lens modalities based on your prescription will render a final contact lens prescription. For current wearers, the current contact lens fit is evaluated to insure the eyes and contact lenses are compatible. Changes to the fit and power of the contact lenses will be prescribed as necessary to promote continued eye health and best vision. The doctors will discuss new contact lenses that become available when appropriate. There is a separate fee for the contact lens exam.
Medical Eye Exams
Certain medical conditions like diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration often require more than a basic vision exam including additional testing or you may need to be seen more often than your vision insurance allows. We can bill your medical insurance for these procedures. When medical insurance is billed it is not billed to your vision insurance.
Emergency Eye Exams
Occasionally an acute situation can arise that necessitates an urgent exam. Our doctors are ready to see you as needed. These visits typically involve your medical insurance which is often based on a co-pay and your annual deductible.
Of course many of these things will happen after hours or on the weekend. When you call our office you will be directed to our after hour phone number to leave the on-call doctors a message. The doctor will then call you back to determine if you need to be seen. PLEASE be aware if you are seen after hours there will be an added charge that is not billed to your insurance. The actual examination and necessary tests will be billed to your insurance. The additional charge is usually much less than an ER visit. Do not hesitate to call our doctors.
Good Eyecare Begins With A Yearly Eye Exam!
Although many do not realize it, the best way to protect your vision is with a yearly eye checkup as regularly scheduled eye exams are critical to maintaining good health. In addition to testing your vision and eye health, a comprehensive exam can also detect systemic diseases such as tumors, vascular irregularities, diabetes-related injury to the retina, stroke and high blood pressure. These conditions can lead to serious health problems and can often develop and progress without symptoms, therefore early detection is very important.
LASIK (Laser In-situ Keratomileusis) is currently the most technologically advanced refractive surgical procedure to reduce or eliminate near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism. The procedure involves reshaping the cornea with an extremely precise laser so that light entering the eye is correctly focused.
Dr. Wolf works with several LASIK surgeons and can assist each patient in choosing the best surgeon. All pre-operative and post-operative care is conveniently performed in our office.