Routine Eye Care

Routine eye exams are used to detect many eye conditions, including:

  • Glaucoma
  • Astigmatism
  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Refractive Errors
  • Keratoconus
  • Cataracts

Eye exams tests

Some of the most common eye exam tests include:

  • Eye muscle movement test: The provider asks the patient to follow a specific object, such as a light or pen, with their eyes. This test is done to ensure the eyes are aligned correctly and that there is no damage to each eye muscle.
  • Cover test: Here, the patient looks at an object first with both eyes, then with each eye individually. This determines whether or not the eyes are working well together, or if there’s a vision problem in just one eye.
  • External exam: During this test, the doctor holds up a light to each eye close and at a distance in order to see how the pupils dilate.
  • Visual acuity test: This is also known as a chart test and is perhaps the most famous part of the eye exam. Here, the patient reads a letter chart at a distance. The letters on the chart get progressively smaller, providing a simple analysis of the patient’s overall vision.
  • Retinoscopy: This test is done with a large machine known as a retinoscope, which cycles through various lenses. These lenses test the light refraction in each eye.
  • Refraction testing: This can also be performed using a retinoscope, and is often done to fine-tune a specific glasses or contacts prescription. This test cycles back and forth between two lenses to determine which is better for the patient.
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The Midwest Center for Sight

8901 West Golf Road
Suite 300
Des Plaines, IL 60016

(847) 824-3127

Please park in the back of the building.

Monday: 8AM - 5PM
Tuesday: 8AM - 5PM
Wednesday: 8AM - 5PM
Thursday: 8AM - 5PM
Friday: 8AM - 5PM
Saturday: 8AM - 12PM
Sunday: Closed
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