What on earth is all that stuff we're doing? And we're not gonna blow that puff of air in your eye... right?
Curious about all those machines and lights? Read on!
Before seeing Dr. Guzik, one of our optometric technicians will perform a few tests to prep you for your visit. First, we'll use what's called an "auto-refractor" to get a baseline of your prescription. (Dr. Guzik will refine this later, but let's not jump ahead!)
Then, we'll check your color vision to test for any possible deficiency, and do a quick stereoscopic test to see how well your eyes are working together. (You get to wear a really cool pair of sunglasses for that part.)
Finally, we'll take some photos of your retinas (the back part of the inside of your eyeball). Our brand new Zeiss Clarus 500 is the first retinal imaging system to offer true-color and clarity within an ultra-wide field of view, allowing Dr. Guzik and unprecedented view of the retina.
and sometimes take you into another room for an "OCT" (Ocular Coherence Tomography). This is a quick (non-invasive) infrared scan of your retina used to detect any early signs of complications Dr. Guzik would be otherwise unable to see with just a visual exam.
Ocular Health Check
After pretesting, our tech will take you into an exam room to await Dr. Guzik.
This part includes what is called a "slit-lamp examination," where Dr. Guzik uses specialized lights to visually assess the health of your eyes, inside and out!
Dr. Guzik will also check your "IOP" (intra-ocular pressure) to detect any potential risk of glaucoma. At this point, the doc will administer a drop of a yellow dye, and you'll see a blue light as he uses a special instrument to measure your IOPs. We prefer this method of checking IOPs over the infamous air-puff because, well... does anyone really like that?
The final part of your exam is the "refraction."
The refraction is the determination of your prescription. Based on any current eyewear you may have and your auto-refractor reading, Dr. Guzik will use a multitude of lenses and techniques to determine the best prescription for you.
This is the part where the doc will have you look at a screen of random letters and ask you which looks better... One? Or two? (And don't panic. There are no wrong answers!)