About Eye Exams
A comprehensive eye exam involves a series of tests to evaluate your vision and to check for concerns, like eye disease, or irritating symptoms, like chronic dryness. The goal is to survey your overall ocular health and to discover any issues that may be causing you problems or ones that can lead to more serious concerns in the future. By receiving annual eye exams, you can help maintain the overall health of your eyes and catch medical concerns early to prevent vision complications or diseases, like glaucoma and diabetes. Contact Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center in San Antonio, TX today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled ophthalmologists, Dr. Allison Young, Dr. Kristin Held, and/or Dr. Teresa Whitney. We offer flexible hours and will do all that we can to help get you in as soon as possible.
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"Hands down the best decision you can make for your over all eye health and your vision. Dr. Young and her staff made me feel validated and appreciated. As a patient that’s all you can hope for and more. With Dr. Young’s guidance, choosing the cataract removal with the symfony lens implant has forever changed my view on life.... (see what I did there). :)"- A.K. / Google / Aug 06, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. Held. Her conscientious and careful approach to her patients is followed by excellent skills and follow up. I highly respect Dr. Held I all respects and stress that she is an amazing woman."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Apr 26, 2019
"Dr. Young and Staff are fantastic. I recently underwent bilateral LASIK without complication and with the utmost care. I felt completely at ease with Dr. Young. She has the combination of skill and stellar bedside manner, I could not ask for more!!"- J... / Google / Apr 16, 2019
"Dr. Young and Staff are fantastic. I recently underwent bilateral LASIK without complication and with the utmost care. I felt completely at ease with Dr. Young. She has the combination of skill and stellar bedside manner, I could not ask for more!!"- J. / Google / Mar 27, 2019
Who should have eye exams?
We recommend that patients receive an eye exam at least once a year or at least every other year to monitor their vision and general eye health. We also suggest that children receive annual eye exams to ensure the proper development of their vision and to prevent academic impairment that is related to vision problems. Parents should also consult with their pediatricians to discuss when and how often their child should receive an eye exam.
What to Expect
When you visit Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center, you should be prepared to provide a general health history, a list of all prescriptions or routine use of over-the-counter medications, and describe any concerns or symptoms you are experiencing with your vision. It's also important to let us know if you have had any eye surgeries, including LASIK, and to bring your contacts and/or glasses with you to your exam.
We will conduct a series of tests, which may include the following:
- Eye muscle test: This exam detects how well your eyes follow objects and identifies poor muscle movement. Typically, we will hold up a pen and ask you to follow it with your eyes as we move it up and down or side to side.
- Visual acuity test: This evaluates the overall sharpness of your vision. During this test, we will have you read a chart of different letters and sizes in a series of varying orders (i.e., from top to bottom or a single line backward).
- Visual field test: This determines how well you can see from the side (peripheral view).
- Refraction assessment: This identifies how well light waves pass through your cornea and lens. You will be asked to read a vision chart as different lenses are displayed in front of your eyes with a device called a phoropter. This also determines the specific lens prescription that provides you with the best vision.
- Slit-lamp exam: This test uses a microscope and bright light to magnify the different structures of your eyes so we can examine them closely to identify any issues.
- Retinal exam: During this test, specialized eye drops are administered to dilate your pupils. This enables our team to examine the back part of your eye, including the retina, optic disc, choroid, and blood vessels. These drops will take several hours to wear off, which will cause impaired vision and light sensitivity.
- Tonometry: This exam measures the pressure inside your eye, which helps us identify glaucoma and other eye diseases.
Diabetic Eye Exams
In addition to our traditional eye exams, we offer comprehensive diagnostic screening for diabetic retinopathy for patients with diabetes or for those who are at higher risk of developing diabetes. This exam includes a visual acuity test, retinal screening, and fluorescein angiography. These assessments allow us to measure the quality of your vision, the health of your retina and optic nerve, and whether you have any serious concerns, like leaking blood vessels or damage to the retinal nerve. With any medical condition, early detection and diagnosis are essential to determining and receiving the best form of treatment for optimal health.
If any visual impairments or concerns are discovered during your comprehensive eye exam, we will provide a prescription for glasses or contact lenses and schedule a follow-up to discuss other treatment options, if necessary. Our goal is to identify and treat any vision concerns you have so you can have the sharpest vision possible for optimal function and success. It's important to schedule routine eye exams every year and to maintain all follow-up appointments to monitor your ocular health.
Ensure Your Eye Health
At Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center, we provide high-quality ocular care for patients of all ages who are having trouble with their vision and overall eye health. If you have noticed any changes in your vision or need to schedule an eye exam, contact our San Antonio, TX office today. We will be happy to schedule an exam at your convenience with one of our seasoned ophthalmologists.