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Routine Eye Exams What to expect during a routine eye exam at Clarkson

Routine eye exams are relevant for more than the detection of impaired vision. They are an important part of healthy eye maintenance and are a good indication of your overall health. During your exam, Clarkson doctors will determine your need for eyeglasses or contact lenses and screen your eyes for common eye diseases and eye disorders that could lead to vision loss. Many eye health conditions, such as glaucoma, have no symptoms before becoming something more serious. Yearly eye examinations ensure that preventative measures and necessary treatments can be prescribed. Keep your eyes healthy. They are the only eyes you have.


Your comprehensive eye exam from Clarkson includes

A phoroptor used in eye exams
  • Dilation, as necessary, to help view the internal structures of the eye.

  • General health screening of physical conditions and prescription medications that may affect your eyesight.

  • Visual acuity measurement and refraction to determine the degree to which you may be nearsighted, farsighted, presbyopic or astigmatic.

  • Muscle test to identify any muscle weakness or involuntary eye movement.

  • Binocular vision skills assessment to assure your eyes work together as a team; important for proper depth perception, eye muscle coordination, detection of lazy eye conditions including strabismus and amblyopia, and the ability to change focus from near to far objects.

  • Applanation tonometry to measure internal eye pressure and detect glaucoma.

  • A comprehensive internal and external eye health assessment using the latest technologies to evaluate all anterior segment aspects of the eye and all posterior segments of the eye.


Other testing may include

  • Visual field test to measure peripheral vision and detect diseases of the eyes or neurological disorders

  • Color vision screening for color perception and neurologic evaluation

  • Stereopsis or depth perception evaluation

  • Gonioscopy or anterior segment evaluation

  • GDx Nerve Fiber Analysis to aid in the detection of glaucoma

  • Pachymetry to measure corneal thickness to aid in the diagnosis of glaucoma

  • Digital retinal photography

  • Digital anterior segment photography


"Why is my contact lens prescription different from my eyeglasses prescription?"

A contact lens prescription is for the purchase of contact lenses only. This prescription is determined through additional testing by your Clarkson doctor, including exact measurements of shape, slope and contour of your corneas. The exact power of the prescription may vary from your eyeglasses prescription since a contact lens sits directly on your eye.


Clarkson Eyecare fitting fee

These measurements require added time from both your Clarkson doctor and the office staff to ensure your lenses are a perfect fit. The fitting fee is paid on the day of your initial contact lens exam, and includes the following:

  • One (1) pair of trial lenses at the time of your appointment*

  • The additional measurements performed by the doctor to fit your eyes with the proper contact lens material, brand and power

  • Instruction on insertion and removal for first time lens wearers

  • All contact lens follow-up appointments for 90 days after your contact lens fitting**

This fee varies based on a variety of factors, including whether you are a current contact lens wearer, a current or new Clarkson patient and the type of lens required. The final cost will be determined by the doctor at your appointment. This fee is not covered by insurance, though some insurance plans may provide a discount to you.


Finalizing my contact lens prescription

One to two weeks after your contact lens examination, you will return to the office for a follow-up appointment with your doctor. This gives you time to wear the lenses and decide whether or not they are the best option for your vision and lifestyle. The doctor will evaluate your contact lenses for fit and comfort, and check your vision again for prescription accuracy. Additional follow-up visits may be required and other lenses may be tried to make sure you have the best fit possible. All additional office visits and trial sets of lenses are covered under the contact lens fitting fee for 90 days from the original fitting.

When you and your doctor decide the lenses you are wearing are right for you, your contact lens order can then be placed and delivered to your door for no additional fee.

* Each office has trial contacts in-office but some trials may need to be special ordered. A substitute pair may be available while waiting for the trial to arrive. Ask your optician for details.

** Fitting fee covers all follow-up care and trial lenses for a period of 3 months. Another evaluation and fitting fee may be required following this period.