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Are You Due for Your Annual Eye Exam?

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Whether you need corrective lenses or are overdue for your annual checkup, you can trust the optometrists at the Dakota Eye Institute to give you the care you need. We offer a comprehensive approach to eye care at our facilities and take pride in providing quality services.

Our highly trained professionals will be on the lookout for any signs indicating an underlying eye condition and make sure that your vision remains as clear as possible.

We'll recommend the best corrective lenses for your eyes and make sure you receive proper treatment for any conditions we may detect. Schedule your eye exam by calling the Dakota Eye Institute at 1-800-344-5634. We'll direct you to the location nearest you!

  • Visual Acuity Tests - A visual acuity test measures the sharpness of your far and near vision by determining the smallest letters you can read on a standardized chart 20 feet away, and a card held 14 inches away.
  • Color Deficiency Test - This is a brief test used to rule out color deficiencies. It involves looking at colored objects against a different colored background. Patients with normal color vision will view the number differently than someone with q color deficit.
  • Cover Test - During this test, you must focus on a distant object while your eyes are alternately covered. By looking at each eye's movement, your eye doctor can identify an eye turn which could indicate conditions such as "lazy eye" or poor depth perception.
  • Child's Eye Exam - It is recommended that children recieve their first eye exam at 6 months to check for general eye health, any near or farsightedness or astigmatism. The child should have another exam at age 3 and again at age 5 or 6 before they enter school.
  • Retinoscopy - This is often one of the first tests performed by Dakota Eye Institute. It gives the eye doctor a general idea of whether you may need an eyeglass prescription.
  • Refraction - This is part of the eye exam that is used to obtain an accurate prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Slit Lamp Examination - The slit lamp exam is used to examine the front of your eye. It allows the doctor to detect changes to the eyelids, cornea, iris, and lens.
  • Tonometry or Glaucoma Test - Glaucoma may not present any symptoms until you experience significant vision loss. This test is done to indicate any risk for glaucoma.
  • Visual Field Test - A visual field test is done to check your central and peripheral (or side) vision, as well as detect signs of damage to the eye from various eye diseases, like glaucoma. It allows the doctor to measure your entire scope of vision.
  • Dilated Eye Exam (Diabetic Eye Exam) - You will be given eye drops so that the doctor can better see the back of the eye. You may feel stinging when they are first placed and you may have a metallic taste in your mouth. The doctor will then look through a magnifying glass using a bright light to see the areas of the eye that may be damaged by diabetes.
  • Other Eye Tests - In some cases, besides these common tests performed during a standard comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor may recommend other, more specialized eye tests. Often, such tests are performed by other eye doctors, such as retinal specialists, on a referral basis.