A fully comprehensive eye examination will take about an hour and consists of a series of tests to evaluate your vision and eye health. Regular eye exams help detect eye problems at their earliest stage when they are most treatable. Medical history is an important part of the exam so it's really helpful to know or bring a list of any medications you are currently taking with you. Visual acuity - we are all familiar with looking at a chart of different letters - is only one element of a vision exam. Tests for color blindness, glaucoma and that the eyes are working together are also part of a comprehensive exam. During the exam, Dr. Kramer will also inspect your eyes to determine their health.
Dr. Kramer is also able to scan the back of your eye with the optomap Digital Imaging system going beyond the visual inspection which is part of the exam. Optomap is not covered by most vision insurance but the small additional cost is worth the extra information the scan provides. This exam is non-invasive and done with a scanning laser ophthalmoscope that captures an image of virtually the entire retina. Early detection of any retinal abnormality may lead to earlier and safer treatments and in many cases prevents vision loss.
The thickness of your macular lutea can be measured with the Mpod test. This measurement is achieved in another non-invasive screening using our Densitometer. The thickness and health of the macular are very important to your vision. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness. Premature thinning of the macular can be reversed if caught early enough.
Did you know that not all spectacle lenses are made to the same exacting standards? In fact, there are no mandatory standards which means you may not actually be getting the prescription you need! Not only that but incredibly accurate measurements are needed on where the frames fit on your face and where your pupils are in order to be able to see clearly when you are wearing your new glasses.
Our labs are chosen for their expertise in prescription lens making, providing you with lenses that precisely match your prescription. Upon receipt from the lab, your lenses go through a multi-point audit by our technicians. We go beyond just checking that the new lenses match your prescription to ensure our quality standards are met. This, together with frame adjustment when you pick up your new glasses, guarantees that you can see well. After all, it's no use looking great if you can't see it!
Over the past few years, there have been major advances in lens technology and the equipment used to put your prescription into the lens material. For this reason, we do not create lenses on-site but instead use two specialty optical labs staffed with the technicians and high cost, state-of-the-art machines to fabricate your unique lenses. Located in Missouri our primary optical lab provides us with your precision hi-tech lenses in a few days - it's worth the wait!
Our assistance doesn't end with your vision solution; whether you select glasses or contacts we provide ongoing support. Your glasses don't sit properly on your face any more? The arm (temple) on your frames is broken or twisted? Our friendly team is always here to handle small adjustments, repairs or cleaning for you. We want to keep you seeing well!