WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Madison Medical Eye Care in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
What are all those questions, measurements and eye drops about when you come for an eye exam? These are reasonable questions that most of us wonder about but rarely think to ask. A complete eye exam is a thorough medical evaluation of your eyes and your vision.
We start with a comprehensive medical history because many medical conditions and medications can affect the eyes. Diabetes and high blood pressure are obvious but arthritic conditions, neurological problems and many other medical diagnoses can have an influence on the functioning of the eyes. We then ask about any vision problems you may be having to get a sense of how your vision is affecting activities such as driving and reading.
The measuring comes in with determining your current glasses prescription and seeing if we can improve on that with a change - this is called refraction. We also check your pupils, eye movements, side vision and eye pressure. All these factors are critical to being sure no problems such as glaucoma are present.
The reason for the dilating drops is to get a clear view of the back of your eye called the retina. This is the only place in the body where we can directly view blood vessels which can be affected by diabetes and other problems. We also look for tears, tumors and evidence of macular degeneration.
So each and every step is important at least every 1-2 years!
Dr. James Ivanoski practices with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Lisa Bennett at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. 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.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.