Primary Eye CareThe Comprehensive Exam
Comprehensive Eye Examinations
As our patient enters our office, they are met with extensive technology. Our front desk coordinator walks them through verification of their personal information for accuracy, verify any insurance benefits, scan personal identification of IDs and insurance cards, go over the privacy policies that we abide by at our office to protect this highly sensitive information and finally notify the technicians that a patient is ready for the exam to begin.
A technician will introduce themselves to the patient and escort them into pretesting areas as the examination begins.
First, we take auto-refraction and auto-keratometry. Digital cornea topography and fundus photography are used to document external and internal eye health. Digital retinal imaging is also obtained to rule out any glaucoma and macular issues.Meibomianography is taken as a screening for dry eye.
Once this pretest is completed, the patient is taken to an examination room for further evaluation.
Once in a private examination room, the pretesting continues.The patient’s needs and concerns are addressed, as well as personal and family histories, medical conditions, medications and allergies, and social habits.
Acuities, color vision, depth perception, blood pressure, weight, and height are just some of the additional testing as the exam continues. After all of the information is gathered and organized, the technician reports to Dr. Anderson a summary for him to start his portion of the examination.
As Dr. Anderson enters the private examination room, he greets the patient and reviews any and all concerns. After the review is completed, the refraction begins to determine any need for glasses or contact lenses.
Tonometry is performed for the pressure of the eye and the risks are accessed for glaucoma. If needed, dilation of the pupils is performed and a period of time is allotted for the full dilation to be completed. Once dilated, the technician will return to gather any further imaging that has been ordered by Dr. Anderson.
Dr. Anderson will re-enter the examination room and complete a full dilated viewing of the retina, evaluate the lenticular and corneal areas, address any resulting prescription needs, and review all the digital images of the eyes.
An assessment is made and discussed with the patient and any further evaluation needs are evaluated. As the entire patient’s needs have been addressed, the patient is directed to the front of the office for completion of the exam.Assistance with eyewear and contact lens ordering is provided, and supplemental information is provided based on the examination and Dr. Anderson’s assessment.
Additional assistance continues even after the patient has left the office, as the staff work with all the ordering, billing and insurance needs.
After the patient leaves our office, we take great pride in the technology and level of examination that has been performed. We ask each of our patients to comment or survey us so that we can plant a tree in the diminishing rainforests of Africa.We do this in support of our environment and as a tribute to our patients. At the office of Dr. Anderson, the entire team is available to assist and support our patients, thus we like to give back to our environment as well.
We look forward to the next visit, as each of our patients is a personal extension of our family.Thanks for being one of our patients.
State-of-the-Art Computerized Equipment
Village Optical features state-of-the-art computerized equipment for maximum patient comfort…
The newest addition to our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment is the Visante™ OCT. This dynamic piece of equipment has been added to our office to provide anterior imaging of the eye in addition to the Stratus OCT, which scans the retina and optic nerve. The Visante™ OCT system is the first to provide clear, highly detailed, in-depth images of the anterior chamber, including dependable angle information, without the need for ocular anesthesia or a messy, time-consuming water bath.
A New Way To Analyze Disease
OCT3 is the only instrument to offer three diagnostic capabilities:
Macula – RNFL – Optic Nerve Head
The dynamic information provided by the OCT3 produces retinal images never seen before. OCT3 is a tomographic imaging device unlike ordinary topographic units available. The complete cross-sectional view of the retinal structure provided by the OCT3, demonstrates actual histology. The result is data that enhances our ability to diagnose and manage a patient’s glaucoma or retinal disease.
The PreView PHP™ is a diagnostic instrument to detect and monitor the progress of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The easy to use touch screen monitor utilizes no chin support and the short examination time of approximately 5 minutes per eye is convenient for our patients.
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Computerized Lens Analyzer
For accurate reading of previous and new prescriptions. This valuable tool allows our staff continuous feedback and notification of special situations, such as lens distortions or rapid power changes.
Patternless Edging System
The Patternless Edging System brings to the office accurate and repeatable fabrication of eyeglasses. The quality of the eyewear is just as important as the examination that determines the prescription. When eyeglasses are ordered in our office, our patients are assured that the high tech approach continues throughout the entire process until the glasses are placed on your face. Quality is always at the forefront of Village Optical.
Children’s Eye Care
Children have complete medical examinations at their pediatrician’s office during their first five years of life. They are required by the school district to have another complete physical prior to entering kindergarten. Many times there are undiagnosed vision problems that go undetected, resulting in decreased performance at school.
- Learning in the first 11 years is 80% vision related
- 20% of children between 5 and 12 years old have vision problems that could affect their learning ability
- The visual system is neurologically developed by the age of nine
- Over 40% of high school students have vision problems, yet they continue to be undiagnosed
It is extremely important to begin child eye care at an early point in their lives. It is recommended that the children have their first examination around three years of age. After that point, Dr. Anderson will consult with the parents as to the next needed appointment.
Some of the indications of visual problems in your child:
- Headaches, especially during school or reading activities
- Rubbing their eyes
- Losing place while reading
- Covering one eye or squinting
- Poor reading ability, not up to grade level in school
- Word reversal, beyond 7 years of age
- Holding reading material too close to eyes
- Reports blurry vision, at distance or near, constant or periodically
Any of these above indications would facilitate a routine examination. The procedure for children under the age of 12 includes a cycloplegic refraction. This test allows Dr. Anderson to paralyze the muscles inside of the eye, thus allowing a more accurate exam. Once this test has been performed, a consultation will take place to educate the parents as well as the child.