Comprehensive Eye Exams
Dr. John D. Bissell, a therapeutic-certified optometrist, provides comprehensive eye exams and vision services for the entire family using state-of-the-art technology. We see patients starting at six months of age through adult. We start with a thorough patient history, review of changes in vision, medical conditions and family history.
Your primary eye care visit consists of both a comprehensive vision and eye health examination. The examination is designed to detect a wide range of visual concerns such as blurred or double vision as well as eye discomfort. Our eye health examination includes testing for glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and other systemic conditions that may affect the eyes such as diabetes, high blood pressure or even the use of certain medications
Because many eye and vision problems show no signs or symptoms, periodic eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventative health care. It is through this early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems that can result in maintaining good vision and eye health. Individual patient signs and symptoms, along with the professional judgment of the doctor, may significantly influence the testing done.
With our state of the art equipment we use an OCT machine that offers Dr. Bissell an MRI type image of your eye. With OCT, each of the retina’s distinctive layers can be seen, allowing him to map and measure their thickness. These measurements help with early detection, diagnosis and treatment guidance for retinal diseases and conditions. = Preliminary testing may include evaluation of specific aspects of visual function and eye health such as depth perception, color vision, eye muscle movements, peripheral or side vision, and the way your pupils respond to light.
The Keratometry Test measures the curvature of the cornea, the clear outer surface of the eye, by focusing a circle of light on the cornea and measuring its reflection. This measurement is particularly critical in determining the proper fit for contact lenses.
The Tonometry Test measures eye pressure. Elevated pressure in the eye signals an increased risk for glaucoma. External examination of the eye includes evaluation of the cornea, eyelids, conjunctiva and surrounding eye tissue using bright light and magnification.
Importance of Dilated Examinations
Everyone is familiar with this part of the examination as the step that leaves you super sensitive to light and can’t focus on anything, but don’t know why we do it. This is arguably one of the most important parts of the examination. We rely on dilation to allow us to see the farthest reaches of the retina where a lot of retinal problems lie. Without this part of the routine examination, we may miss pathology that could lead to sight threatening problems such as retinal detachments and health problems such as diabetes. Yearly dilated examinations are critical for preserving the good health of your eye!