Are You Due for Your Annual Eye Exam?
Eye Exams in Bismarck, Rugby, and Linton, North Dakota
Whether you need corrective lenses or are overdue for your annual checkup, you can trust the optometrists at 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 Dakota Eye Institute at 1-800-344-5634. We’ll direct you to the location nearest you!
Types of Eye Exams
- 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.
Maintain the health of your eyes by visiting Dakota Eye Institute
Regular eye exams are an important part of your overall health. Dakota Eye Institute in Rugby, Linton and Bismarck, ND can review your overall eye and vision health with a number of simple tests.
Eye Tests in Bismarck, Rugby & Linton, North Dakota
- Visual acuity test
- Visual field test
- OCT test
- Cover test
- Color deficiency test
See what we can do for you by reaching out to Dakota Eye Institute today.
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Do you know what to look out for when it comes to signs of eye disease? We do. The optometrists at Dakota Eye Institute have extensive experience diagnosing a number of eye problems. If we find any signs of potential problems, we’ll either refer you to one of our specialists or recommend an effective solution to improve your vision and eye health. Get in touch with Dakota Eye Institute to schedule your appointment. Make an Appointment
- Cataracts – A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of the eye. A normal lens is clear. It lets light pass to the back of the eye. A cataract blocks some of the light. As a cataract develops, it becomes harder for a person to see. Cataracts are a normal part of aging. About half of Americans ages 65 to 74 have cataracts. About 70 percent of those age 75 and over have this condition.
- LASIK Surgery – LASIK is a surgical procedure that is capable of correcting a wide range of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. LASIK has been performed internationally for approximately 10 years, and was first performed in clinical trials in the United States in 1995. It is now the most commonly performed refractive procedure in the United States. Long-term studies indicate that LASIK is safe and effective.
- Diabetic Retinopathy – If you have diabetes mellitus, your body does not use and store sugar properly. Diabetes can cause high blood-sugar levels, excessive thirst and urination. It can also cause changes in the body’s blood vessels, the veins and arteries that carry blood throughout your body.Because diabetes affects your body in these ways, it can affect vision by causing cataracts, glaucoma and, most importantly, damage to blood vessels inside the eye.
- Glaucoma – Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises, leading to vision loss or even blindness.
- Eyelid Repair – This information can help you decide what to do if you need eyelid repair. Talk to your eye care professional so you can make the choice that is right for you. For total eye health, your eyelids need to be as healthy as your eyes. Common eyelid problems include excess eyelid skin, droopy eyelids, or eyelids that turn inward or outward. These problems not only affect eye health, but also your appearance. They can cause eye discomfort, and even limit vision. Fortunately, these conditions are correctable by surgery.