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Complete Eye Exams in Chicago

Learn more about what problems can be spotted with an eye exam, what's involved in a comprehensive exam, and special considerations for kids and contacts.

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Keeping Your Eyes Healthy is Our Top Priority

When women and men consider their overall health, they don't normally think about the health of their eyes. But you depend upon your eyes more intense than just about every other part of your body's system. Taking care of the well-being of your eyes is, therefore, an absolute necessity, especially if you want to count on them for years to come! There are a number of ways to safeguard your vision, but the foremost, crucial action you can take is to get a comprehensive eye exam.

No matter whom you are or what your age is, a complete eye exam will go a long way towards ensuring that your sight remains clear and healthy. A thorough eye and vision evaluation can be performed by , therefore, eye doctor at Eye Pieces Plano. If you haven't been to the optometrist in more than a year, it's time to book a consultation for an eye exam.

Every eye exam we conduct includes a free LipiScan™ test, which tests for the presence of Dry Eye Syndrome. A totally painless test lasting one minute, Lipiscan can determine whether a patient is suffering from this common eye issue.

How often do I need an eye exam?

Your symptoms, personal vision condition and the professional judgment of our Plano optometrist will often determine the ideal schedule for comprehensive eye testing. We generally adhere to the guidelines set by the American Optometric Association (AOA), which state that yearly eye exams are recommended for adults who need vision correction (eyeglasses or contact lenses).

When no vision correction is required, all adults should have an eye evaluation performed annually, after age 40.  The risk of many ocular diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration, increases past age 60, and it's advised to consult with our optometrist about the frequency of your examinations. In addition, some health factors, such as diabetes and hypertension, indicate a need for more frequent eye exams; ask your eye doctor for guidance.

When do kids need pediatric eye exams?

Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors should then continue to have their eyes examined at least every two years throughout school.

Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:

  • premature birth
  • developmental delays
  • turned or crossed eyes
  • the family history of eye disease
  • history of eye injury
  • other physical illness or disease

The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor’s instructions. Consult with our Plano eye doctors for personalized recommendations about when your child needs an eye exam.


From Eye Exam to New Lenses

How does the eye doctor find my prescription?

Our eye doctor in Chicago, Illinois , will check your vision thoroughly to provide you with an accurate prescription. If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, your visual acuity will be assessed both with and without your corrective lenses.

You’ll be asked to read from a basic eye chart of numbers and letters, which tests your eyesight at various distances. The normal measurement for eyes with no refractive error is 20/20. We’ll also use a phoropter to check carefully for astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. This procedure involves having you look through a series of lenses, and you’ll need to give feedback on which ones give the clearest vision. With the aid of a retinoscope, we’ll measure how light focuses on your retina with each of the different lenses.

Altogether, these tests will provide us with the information necessary to issue you a highly accurate vision prescription. All that’s left for you to do is choose a pair of attractive frames from our eyewear collection or purchase from our selection of premium contact lenses, and you’ll see and look sharp in no time!

Importance of routine eye examinations

Another thing to ponder is the fact that the eye may be predisposed to certain problems, similar to other parts of the body. Most people have heard of the most familiar disorders of the eye, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Since these ailments usually display no signs or symptoms in their early stages, it’s vital that you depend upon preventive health care to avoid many common eye diseases. This is best accomplished by having regular eye examinations.

Our Plano eye doctor will have the ability to look for diseases like glaucoma, to ensure that you can take suitable steps to eradicate the disease before it progresses. Even though these diseases are more prevalent in elderly individuals, it is vital to note that eye disease can also occur at an earlier age.

Vision testing vs. complete eye testing

It’s important to differentiate between a basic vision screening and an in-depth eye exam. A lot of people trust that by having a registered nurse or primary care doctor conduct a vision screening, that this is sufficient. However, vision screening may only include reading letters off a chart at various distances. There are many more evaluations and checks that must be performed to inspect for other diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, Dry Eye Syndrome or Computer Vision. Only comprehensive eye examinations done on a consistent schedule can ensure that your eyes are being kept safe!


Dr. Simms Answers Your Questions About Our Eye Exam Technology

Buena Vista prides itself on caring for our patients with the highest level of technology available.

Our eye doctor, Dr. Todd Sims, answers questions about our new Marco Nidek Phoropter, which makes having your eyes examined and getting the most accurate prescription a breeze.

1) Please describe what the Marco Nidek Phoropter is used for and give a basic sense of how it works.
The Marco Nidek Phoropter is a new a very new type of technology in Eye care. This state-of-the-art equipment is not only capable of measuring a patient’s prescription, but can also measure eye alignment and how well the eye muscles work together.

The phoropter is fully controlled using a small portable keypad that allows rapid lens changes and completely replaces the old method of flipping lenses by hand. With this updated refraction technology, determining the refractive error of the eye is simply a press of a button.

2) Isn't an old fashioned phoropter good enough to measure refractive error and determine a person's prescription, why is an advanced automated autorefractor necessary?

There have been many instances where patients have stated they have left other eye care practices upset since their child was unable to complete the eye exam and that they admire our practice for the sole reason that we are capable of completing the whole eye exam on their child without any complications. Aside from the doctor, partial credit is definitely given to the automated auto refractor. It is essential in our practice, due to the large volume of children we see daily. With an old fashioned phoropter there are various areas where error can occur.

For example, finding a starting point can be tricky and time consuming without an autorefractor reading or an old glasses prescription from the patient. It can be especially difficult when dealing with patients who state they “need” glasses, but in reality they don't. This is very common with children. There are many circumstances where the child’s response fluctuates or even worse; no response at all since the child is unable to distinguish the letters or shapes at his or her age.

Overall, as long as the patient is able to cooperate, an auto refractor isn’t a necessity. However, one does not live in a perfect world. There are a variety of different people. Each unique, with their own special needs. Therefore, in order to be able to serve a diverse population an automated autorefractor would be ideal, equaling in a larger amount of happier patients even if the patient is unable to respond or is not being compliant.

3) Beyond helping in determination of prescription, can an automated Marco Phoropter help discover eye diseases and disorders?

Yes, for one the Marco Phoropter can help find focusing problems such as accommodative dysfunction. In some cases patients with accommodative dysfunction will find that they have a hard time seeing far away right after doing long hours of near work. They will also notice their vision fluctuate after long hours of near work. There are many levels of accommodative dysfunction such as convergence insufficiency, divergence excess, and diplopia, which can all be detected and diagnosed with the help of the phoropter.

4) What is it about this particular technology that you find most exciting; the component that made you feel you need to invest in this for your practice?

The fact that the Marco TRS 5100 is so patient and user friendly was definitely worth the investment. The Marco TRS 5100 allows our practice to run smoothly and efficiently. Also, the older phoropters would make it difficult to refract someone with a very high and uncommon prescription. This can be more time consuming.

However, the Marco Nidek Phoropter has a wide range of lenses that can all be easily changed with a push of a button thru the portable touchscreen keypad making exam time faster and more effective.

5) Can you describe the patient experience when using the Marco Nidek Phoropter?

The patient experience is definitely taken to the next level. The patient’s reaction when they are shown their new prescription compared to their old prescription with only a push of a button, is really what convinced us that the investment was worth it. The patient’s reactions are absolutely priceless especially when it is their first time experiencing clearer vision.

6) Do the patients that walk through your doors day in and day out, appreciate the upgrade in technology?

Absolutely! Many patients have never seen such technology at other practices and from the moment that they walk into the exam room, they really take the time to appreciate the technology and advancements. The Marco TRS 5100 really differentiates us from other practices in our area. Patients either show their appreciation of the practice’s uniqueness verbally or thru their facial expressions.

7) To what patients do you recommend using the technology, or is it a part of every eye exam?

We offer this technology to all of our patients. The Marco TRS 5100 is part of all our exams rooms in the practice. Every patient is tested with all of our state-of-the-art equipment. The patient will start out with the Marco ARK automatic refractor/keratometer where a subjective reading of the patient’s prescription is measured. Then retinal photos are taken of each patient with the Nidek AFC 330 automated fundus camera. The patient is then taken into one of the exam rooms where they will find the Marco TRS 5100 automated refracting system, which the doctor will utilize in order to finalize a patients prescription.

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