HOW LONG SHOULD I SCHEDULE FOR MY EYE EXAM? By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Madison Medical Eye Care - formally known as Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
A complete eye examination at Madison Medical Eye Care is a thorough medical evaluation of your eyes. It starts with a review of your medical and surgical history along with your current medications and any prior allergic reactions to medications. Your family medical history is also reviewed as many medical conditions affecting the eyes run in families.
We then move on to any specific problems you may be having with your vision and your eyes. We need to determine how long the problem has been bothering you, what makes it worse or better, how it impacts your daily activities and other important factors relating to your visual well-being. Then we measure your current glasses and your vision with those glasses; check your eye movements, pupils and side vision; see if we can improve your vision with a different glasses prescription (refraction); and measure your eye pressure.
At that point drops are put in your eyes to open the pupils so our doctors can further evaluate the health of your eyes. These drops take some time to work so that gives you a little break before the doctor comes in. Our doctors then recheck your refraction, review the data gathered by the technicians, and view the eyes through the microscope (slit lamp) for cataracts or retinal problems like macular degeneration.
They then explain any problems you may have and formulate a plan for relief. If surgery is in order, the actual procedure is discussed along with the risks and benefits. That leaves plenty of time for your questions so you can fully understand your options. How long should you schedule for your eye exam? All this takes time, generally at least 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Your vision is precious; you don’t want us to miss anything by rushing.
Dr. James Ivanoski practices with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Mark German at Madison Medical Eye Care, formally known as Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals. He welcomes patients of all ages into his practice and accepts most insurance plans.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.