Importance of Eye Exams
At the office of Dr. Rigney Eye Care and Eyewear, patients receive full eye exams and eye checkups based on their medical history. Patients who have previously experienced eye problems should expect a full eye exam. Patients who have not experienced eye problems in the past and who do not suffer contributing diseases like diabetes usually receive an eye checkup. Eye examinations can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, while a typical eye checkup takes about 30 minutes. Patients over 40 years old should have their eyes checked every 2–4 years, while patients under the age of 40 should have an eye checkup and exam every two years. However, if you work at a job that stresses the eyes or if you take medicines that can weaken the eyes, you should see your optometrist more often.
The Eye Exam
Before the exam, a technician will review your medical history and go over any concerns you have. Dr. Rigney will examine inside the eyes using an ophthalmoscope or with a slit lamp using a hand-held lens in front of the eye. These instruments allow our eye professionals to study structures, such as the retina and lens of the eye, where signs of eye allergies, conditions, and diseases can be found. We will also ask the patient to read letters off a chart, and may request digital photographs be taken of the interior and exterior of the eye. More tests will be necessary for patients ordering contact lenses to ensure the fitting is correct. For patients with specific eye problems, such as blurry vision, trouble reading or driving, nearsightedness or farsightedness, etc., additional tests may be required to pinpoint what is causing the symptoms so that an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan can be provided.
"I've been to Dr. Rigneys twice now and highly recommend him. I get right in and right out, everything runs on time, and he still schedules enough time to meticulously check my eyes. He really takes time to talk to you and get it right. His office and staff are warm and caring. It's a comfortable environment and I have always felt like they are really taking care of me. Choosing glasses with Tim is a fun experience and I feel so confident wearing the glasses he helped me choose. I also really appreciate that after I got my contacts, Dr. Rigney had me come back to check on them to make sure they were working and make any changes if necessary. From the exam to picking up my glasses and contacts Dr. Rigney is the best. 5 ?????"- S.A. / Facebook / Aug 25, 2017
"Dr. Rigney is an excellent ophthalmologist! I have a rare eye condition that I have to have a specialist also. I needed a new pair of glasses this isn't my first time at Dr Rigney's office, I will always get my glasses there. His staff is excellent especially Tim. Tim has the most knowledge I've ever seen in all the things he does to help the patients. Thank you all very much!"- K.H. / Facebook / Apr 29, 2018
"I went for checkup left with a monovision contact. Told him I hated my reading glasses. He spent alot of time and visits with me before going with a bifocal contact in one eye. It worked so well it seemed like magic. Highly recommend."- G. / Healthgrades / Mar 27, 2018
"Best pair of glasses I've ever owned. Accidentally popped off a nosepiece on a Friday, and called around 5:45 to see if they were there on Saturdays. Without even knowing where I lived, Dr Rigney offered to wait till I got there just to replace the nosepiece at no charge! Service like that is very rare these days, and will be remembered by me. Grateful that I don't have to be without eyes all weekend."- B.C. / Yelp / Sep 16, 2017
"My family has gone here for years- Dr Rigney is precise and caring, and takes time to address my concerns- instead of rushing or sending in an apprentice or some new Dr. We always have exact vision prescriptions- my first contacts came from here!!?"- C.S. / Facebook / Jul 20, 2017
Depending on the unique vision needs and/or problems of the patient, the following tests or examinations may be included during a comprehensive eye exam:
- Vision – Patients are normally tested for near vision, distance vision and intermediate vision.
- Eye Movements – Your eye movement and eye coordination will be checked to ensure they are working together and no undue stress is being placed upon the eye muscle.
- Visual Acuity Test – This test measures the sharpness of your vision. A projected eye chart helps measure the distance visual acuity and small hand-held charts help establish your near vision.
- Color Blindness – Patients should expect a color vision test as part of an eye exam.
- Ocular Motility Test – This test determines how well your eyes follow a moving object. Eye movement problems can affect your reading and athletic pursuits.
- Stereopsis Test – Stereopsis testing describes the eye teaming that enables normal depth perception and appreciation of the 3-D nature of objects.
- Refraction Test – This test is used to determine your precise eyeglass prescription. With Dr. Rigney’s in-house lab, most prescriptions can be filled onsite and in short order.
- Glaucoma Test – If the optometrist believes glaucoma may be present and affecting your vision, he will order a glaucoma test. The OCT-Glaucoma or Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is used for imaging modality in the evaluation of glaucomatous damage.
Learn More Today
At Dr. Rigney Eye Care and Eyewear, patients can expect personal care that is thorough and enhanced by the latest technology in the marketplace. Call 539-302-9511 to schedule your eye exam or eye checkup today.