Eye Examinations At In Vision Optical’s Eye Clinic


Regular eye exams at In Vision are the key to maintaining your vision health. We take your eye care seriously. We research the best technologies to keep our patients healthy, comfortable and happy. Whether you’re in for a routine eye exam, updating a prescription, or have recently developed vision problems, our comprehensive eye exams enable us to prescribe the optimal visual device to suit your individual needs. Our attention to detail and thorough examination goals preserve your vision for all of the treasured moments to come.

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How Often Should You Have Your Eyes Checked?

Eye specialists decisively agree you should have a routine eye exam every one to two years. Eye examinations should be scheduled yearly for children, seniors, patients with prescription glasses or contacts, diabetics, and those with eye conditions or diseases that need to be monitored regularly.

Children’s Eye Exams

Children’s eyes are rapidly developing compared to those of adults. It’s essential to have your children’s eyes checked regularly. Statistics show, around 10% of preschoolers, and roughly a quarter of school-age children have vision problems. Kids with vision problems left untreated can have a tough time keeping up in school, and competing in sports. A school screening is nice but should never substitute for an optometrists eye exam.

Your children’s eyes are continuously developing, especially from birth through the age of 7. Often times, vision problems in children go unnoticed. A lazy eye or amblyopia develops when vision problems are left untreated at an early age. For many eye conditions, treatment is much more effective if initiated during the vision development years. It’s imperative you regularly bring your children in for comprehensive eye exams at your local eye doctor. Eye experts suggest children have their eyes examined when they are:

  • 6 months (barring infants with known eye complications or known vision risk factors) for a screening.

  • 3 years old

  • Kindergarten

  • Every 1-2 two years while your child is in school. If a child wears glasses then annual exams are strongly recommended.

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Walk-In Eye Exams

In Vision Optical & Eye Care will try to assist with walk-in eye exams when our schedules allow. Please, give the eye specialists at In Vision a call, or schedule an eye exam through our online scheduling tool. We respond promptly, and can often schedule your eye exam within a couple of days.

What to Expect During Your Upcoming Eye Exam

Our doctors love being optometrists. We have been helping patients see better for many years. This is very rewarding. Just like any other physician our success is dependent on the personal interaction with our patients in the exam room. We are there to assess the visual demands and concerns and to try to offer solutions. Why do we say you will have a better eye care experience? Technology, Innovation, and personal interaction!


Medical History

Your eyes are the windows to your soul and to your overall health. There are many diseases which show signs in the eyes. We will listen to your complaints and try to ascertain your visual needs. Together we will choose the best and most appropriate optical device and determine if additional testing may be required to provide the best health care.


Auto-Refractor and Auto-Keratometry

This screening instrument will give us an automated prescription reading and measurement of the front surface (cornea) of your eye. This aids us in determining your glasses prescription and influences our decisions as to which contact may be best for you.

Blood Pressure Measurement to fulfill certain requirements for electronic health care records and is an overall health assessment and important as it can effect your eyes.


Visual Field Eye Examination

During the course of your comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor may conduct a visual field test. Visual field tests are used to examine the horizontal and vertical range of your vision, as well as any sensitivity your eyes may be having. In testing your visual field, your eye doctor is looks for blind spots in your peripheral or central vision. Significant blind spots can be an indicator of more serious, underlying conditions such as optic nerve damage, glaucoma, and problems with the brain.


Visual Acuity Determination

The eye exam chart you have become so accustomed to is the most basic eye test of your visual acuity. Visual acuity refers to your eyes’ ability to discern the shapes and values of what you see. We use computerized charts for better technology and options for testing.


Binocular Vision Evaluation

There are many ways to assess the binocular function for all ages.We use stereo vision tests, phoria measurements, and balance testing to determine how well your two eyes perform together. This is a very important skill required for efficient reading proficiency. We can recommend eye exercises, prism, or other solutions if there is a binocular dysfuction.



A refraction test is performed while sitting in a chair with the help of a special device called a phoropter. When looking through the phoropter, your eye doctor will have you read a chart while switching between various lens powers. The refraction test helps determine your refractive error and deciding which prescription is right for you.


Slit Lamp Eye Exam

Slit lamp exams are conducted for early identification of eye problems and conditions, as well as defining a treatment strategy should any eye conditions be found. A slit lamp exam is a biomicroscope used to examine your eyes. With a slit lamp exam, your optometrist can get a closer look at the most important areas of your eye, such as your cornea, iris, optic nerve, retina, and other external or internal structures.


Glaucoma testing & Tonometry

Glaucoma is a progressive disease. Left untreated, glaucoma can even lead to complete vision loss. But with treatment and early detection many people will have complete vision function. Glaucoma is a symptomless disease and must be checked for at your annual exam to detect any suspicion and determine if additional testing needs to be scheduled. We use a variety of tests to determine the pressure inside of your eye. Increased eye pressure can cause glaucoma.


Pupil Dilation

While not required for all eye exams, eye drops may be used to dilate your pupils to better examine the back of your eye. Only when your pupils are fully dilated can your eye doctor see your entire optic nerve and retina. After the drops are administered, your eyes will take about 10- 15 minutes to fully dilate, and will return to normal within 2-4 hours. You will be sensitive to light and unable to focus at near for a couple of hours. We will provide you with disposable sunglasses to help with your drive after.Dilation is very important for people with risk factors or known eye disease.

We offer Optomap Ultra wide- field retinal imaging as an alternative to dilation. This new technology gives us a 200 degree view of your retina with an image for comparison in years to come.It aids in diagnosis and treatment of many retinal conditions. It is an excellent option for those who do not want to be dilated and for those patients who are being monitored for certain eye conditions. It allows for high magnification for and is an awesome image for you to view your own retina!

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Color Vision Testing & Ancillary Tests

Screening from color-vision deficiencies and other ancillary tests are done on an as-needed basis.