Eye Exam and Testing
Eye exams at Retina Specialists of Michigan are very pleasant. Our doctors and staff are engaging and place a high value on taking care of each person who comes into our practice. We see each patient as an individual and not a disease to be fixed.
When you come to Retina Specialists of Michigan you will be greeted by our front office staff who will help you get checked in and obtain all the documentation you have with you to put into your chart. These include insurance information, registration form, privacy practices, and medical history form. Our technicians will guide you to an exam room to perform several tests that will aid the doctor with your care including visual acuity, intraocular pressure, pupillary reaction, eye muscle function, and confrontational visual fields, among others. Patients should expect to have their eyes dilated at every visit. This is the only way that the doctor can get a complete view of the retina.
The technician may also use special equipment to take diagnostic pictures of the inside of the eye.
- Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – this quick, painless scan takes a cross sectional view of the retina and is helpful in diagnosing things like macular edema or AMD.
- Fluorescein Angiography (FA) – is used to monitor blood flow in the eye and highlights blood vessel abnormalities in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal occlusions.
- Fundus photography – We use TopCon and Optos cameras for taking digital photographs of the inside of the eye. This is helpful for observing changes in the retina over time, like when monitoring a choroidal nevus.
- Visual field – A more specific measure of peripheral vision can be done with our visual field perimetry machine.
- Electrophysiology – Retina Specialists of Michigan is also one of only a handful of offices in the state to perform electroretinogram (ERG) and electrooculogram (EOG) testing. An ERG measures the electrical activity of the rods and cones as they respond to light and an EOG measures electrical potential between the cornea and retina.
Not everyone needs every test, but we can do most of them in house and same day if the need arises.
Our doctors at Retina Specialists of Michigan will focus on you and your concerns and examine the eye and previously obtained testing. The doctor will then explain the findings and what to expect next. Our doctors take the time for you to have all your questions answered and want you to understand your condition and treatment options. You are their primary concern.
As you can see, a lot happens during your visits with us and is why we expect your initial visit to be between 2-3 hours. Some patients require more care than others and we ask that you allow us time to do so. And at times that means that some portions of your visit with us are longer than others but that doesn’t mean you’ve been forgotten. It means that our patients, our main focus, are being taken care of. An exam can also find signs of another disease that may be affecting your eyes, such as high blood pressure, or diabetes. Eye exams are important since some diseases can be symptomless, but still rob vision. If you have questions regarding your vision or symptoms, speak with one of our staff at (616) 954-2020.