The Technology Exam is a superior alternative to dilation as it allows the Doctor to get a more detailed view of your eyes. It also is useful in comparing past exam results to get a clear picture of your ocular health.
*Please note: Because this diagnostic equipment is being used as a preventative measure, your health insurance may not cover the $39 fee that we charge to run these tests.
Retinal Photgraphy (Optos)
Detailed images compare year-to-year retina/optic nerve/blood vessel changes to detect early signs of multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure & cholesterol, diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
Images of each retina/optic nerve layer help to detect early stages of macula and optic nerve disease.
Detects early signs of cornea disease, which can lead to a transplant if not caught in its early stages.
FDT Visual Field
Observes peripheral vision to detect early signs of neurological problems in the brain and in the optic nerve. i.e. glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, stroke, tumors.
If you decline the technology exam to avoid the $39 fee (we subsidized 87% of the $310 actual cost), traditional dilation exams are available Thursday mornings only. With dilation, please be aware of the following impacts to your short-term vision:
Your vision may be blurred for up to 24 hours following your visit. This will affect both near and distance for driving. We suggest that you ask a friend or relative to be available to drive you home.
Sensitivity to sun light can be increased for up to 24 hours after the exam. We suggest that you bring your sunglasses.
Due to the blurred vision, it may be difficult to shop in our frame gallery after the exam. You may find it easier to schedule a second visit when your vision is normal.
It is important for contact lens wearers to be aware they will experience some eye irritation for up to six hours after the exam. We suggest that you bring a back-up set of prescription glasses to use until you are able to re-insert your contact lenses.
It is very important for the doctor to know if you have a history of allergic reaction to dilation drops.