Eye Doctor Services in Nashville

Comprehensive Eye Exams

A comprehensive eye exam is an important part of your overall general health maintenance and should be scheduled every year. Regular exams using the vision care technology at our office will help with early diagnosis of some major eye health problems, including dry eyes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts.  In addition to assessing your visual acuity, we will test for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes are functioning together, and much more. Ocular health issues including diabetes and high blood pressure are monitored and detected during an eye exam.

What does a comprehensive eye exam include?

Dr. James will determine what tests are needed based on your medical history.

However, most comprehensive eye exams include the following:

  • Visual function and eye health for depth perception, peripheral (side) vision and the response of the pupils to light
  • Visual acuity to test the sharpness of your vision
  • Color Blindness – detecting hereditary color vision deficiencies
  • Ocular motility – determine how well your eyes can follow a moving object
  • Pupil dilation to obtain a better view of the eye’s internal structures
  • Retinoscopy to estimate your eyeglass prescription
  • Autorefractor to automatically estimate your eyeglass prescription
  • Refraction to determine your exact eyeglass prescription
  • Slit lamp microscope to check for common eye diseases and conditions such as corneal disease, cataracts, & dry eye syndrome
  • Tonometry (Intraocular pressure) to test for glaucoma
  • Ophthalmoscopy to examine the optic nerve, retina, and blood vessels

Other tests the Doctor may recommend based on

  • Visual fields test to check for blind spots in your vision
  • Retinal photo to test for retinal eye disease which included diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal holes & tears, & hypertensive retinopathy
  • Zeiss Clarus is an ultra wide field camera used to obtain a better view of both the central and peripheral retina

How often should I get a comprehensive eye exam?

We recommend annual eye exams for all patients. We recommend more frequent exams for those requiring further diagnostic testing and treatment.

What about contact lens exams?

A comprehensive eye exam does not include a contact lens fitting. The doctor will perform a contact lens fitting and evaluation for those desiring to wear contact lenses.   

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