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During Your Eye Exam

Eye ExamsYour eye exam will evaluate both your vision and the health of your eyes. Before the actual eye exam, a staff member will take your medical and eye history. You may also meet with an ophthalmic technician who will perform visual screening tests and administer drops to dilate your pupils* before meeting with the physician. During your exam you will likely have all or most of the following eye tests:

  • Eye muscle movement to test muscle strength and control
  • Cover test to examine how well your eyes work together
  • External exam and pupillary reactions to test your pupils’ reaction to light, and the whites of the eyes and eyelid position
  • Visual acuity to test your ability to read eye charts in the distance and up-close
  • Retinoscopy/Auto-refraction to determine the approximate lens required for you to achieve the best vision
  • Subjective refraction testing to determine your exact lens prescription
  • Slit lamp to detect eye diseases and disorders by examining the cornea, iris, lens and anterior chamber
  • Retinal examination to examine the retina, retinal blood vessels, optic nerve head and macula
  • Pachymetry to measure the corneal thickness which can aid in glaucoma diagnosis
  • Pupil dilation* to examine the complete inside of your eyes with specialized 3D view instruments
  • Visual field test to test the edges of your peripheral vision to aid in diagnosing your eye condition

You may also have other specialized eye tests as required for your care. After examination your doctor will consult with you personally to recommend any corrective measures required to improve your vision and care or treat any ocular irregularities, including referring you to a specialist or coordinating care with your medical doctor if necessary.

*Please Note: The pupil-enlarging drops for this part of your eye exam start to work after about 20 minutes, making your eyes more sensitive to light and blurring your vision somewhat. These effects may last for several hours, so it’s important to bring a pair of sunglasses to your exam if you are planning to drive yourself home. Some of our patients feel safer bringing a driver so they do not need to drive home afterward with their eyes dilated.


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During Your Eye Exam

Eye ExamsYour eye exam will evaluate both your vision and the health of your eyes. Before the actual eye exam, a staff member will take your medical and eye history. You may also meet with an ophthalmic technician who will perform visual screening tests and administer drops to dilate your pupils* before meeting with the physician. During your exam you will likely have all or most of the following eye tests:

  • Eye muscle movement to test muscle strength and control
  • Cover test to examine how well your eyes work together
  • External exam and pupillary reactions to test your pupils’ reaction to light, and the whites of the eyes and eyelid position
  • Visual acuity to test your ability to read eye charts in the distance and up-close
  • Retinoscopy/Auto-refraction to determine the approximate lens required for you to achieve the best vision
  • Subjective refraction testing to determine your exact lens prescription
  • Slit lamp to detect eye diseases and disorders by examining the cornea, iris, lens and anterior chamber
  • Retinal examination to examine the retina, retinal blood vessels, optic nerve head and macula
  • Pachymetry to measure the corneal thickness which can aid in glaucoma diagnosis
  • Pupil dilation* to examine the complete inside of your eyes with specialized 3D view instruments
  • Visual field test to test the edges of your peripheral vision to aid in diagnosing your eye condition

You may also have other specialized eye tests as required for your care. After examination your doctor will consult with you personally to recommend any corrective measures required to improve your vision and care or treat any ocular irregularities, including referring you to a specialist or coordinating care with your medical doctor if necessary.

*Please Note: The pupil-enlarging drops for this part of your eye exam start to work after about 20 minutes, making your eyes more sensitive to light and blurring your vision somewhat. These effects may last for several hours, so it’s important to bring a pair of sunglasses to your exam if you are planning to drive yourself home. Some of our patients feel safer bringing a driver so they do not need to drive home afterward with their eyes dilated.


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The Greater New Bedford Surgical and Laser Center was opened in 1986 with the express purpose of rendering high quality, state of the art eye surgery to patients of all ages, especially those with cataracts, glaucoma, or cornea disease. The Center is designed specifically with the needs of the patient in mind. The entire process from initial examination to final outcome is conducted in a pleasant comfortable environment.

After a patient decides to have surgery, he or she is assigned his or her own Surgical Counselor who is available to answer questions and provide assistance. These individuals are specially trained to assist the patient throughout the entire surgical experience, including follow up care for as long as necessary. Patients are encouraged to contact their counselor for any questions, no matter how simple or complex.

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