What's the difference between a medical exam and a vision exam?
As an optometry office, we perform vision wellness examinations. Simply put, we examine the health of your eye, making sure the entire organ (yes, your eye is an organ!) is in tip-top shape. Begining with the front of the eye, Dr. Blase will evaluate your eyelids & eyelashes, as well as determine how well your eye is producing fluid to lubricate the eye. Next, the iris, or otherwise known as your eye color, is examined and evaluated to make sure that it remains healthy. As Dr. Blase moves to the back of the eye, or the retina, he can examine the optic nerve and blood vessels to determine if any preliminary diseases need to be further evaluated. Our office offers the Optomap Retinal Exam to provide patients with a more engaging method to evaluate the posterior segment of the eye. Finally, Dr. Blase will perform a refraction, the term used to test you for a prescription. This is the part that you're probably most interested in, however the entire exam is important!
A medical examination is done primarily when you come in for eye emergencies or injuries. Vision plans do not cover these types of exams, therefore this is where your health insurance comes into play. If we treat you for eye diseases, such as glaucoma, then we are performing a medical vision examination. However, we primarily see patients for vision wellness examinations, so if you are ever diagnosed with any eye condition, we will most likely refer you out to a specialist.