At B-Town Eyecare, we believe eye exams should be part of your regular healthcare routine – regardless of your age. Good vision is important for a healthy life and is maintained by frequent evaluations.
The Vision Health Initiative (VHI) from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends regular eye appointments to promote eye health. They also report that vision loss is among the Top Ten Disabilities and emphasize that many of these cases could have been prevented. Early detection can allow for early treatment, which is key for preventing vision loss. Contact us today to set up your appointment!
At B-Town Eyecare, a comprehensive eye exam allows the doctor to evaluate your visual system as well as the overall health of your eye internally and externally. This exam will allow the doctor to determine your ocular health status, prescription, and address any visual concerns you may have. We recommend our patients to have their eyes checked annually for preventative measures.
The eye exam is a multi-step process that may include the following tests:
Visual Acuity – measures the sharpness of your vision
Color Vision Testing – to rule out color blindness
Cover Test – determination of whether or not both of your eyes are working together and confirm whether or not you have a “lazy eye”
Ocular Motility – how well your eyes follow a moving target
Stereopsis – depth perception test
Refraction – measuring the prescription that you need for your new glasses or contact lenses
Slit Lamp – using a microscope to examine the structures of your eyes in detail
Tonometry – Measuring the pressure inside your eyes to check for glaucoma. We use the iCare tonometer and the Goldmann Tonometer for this testing. We no longer use the “air puff” (i.e. NCT) testing method.
Dilation – Drops enlarge the pupil to allow the doctor to view the internal structures of the eyes; this allows to check for retinal pathology
Contact lenses are a medical device which require proper fit and care to maintain healthy eyes by an eye doctor. Dr. Bansal will help you determine the best design and modality of contact lenses specifically suited for your eyes, prescription, and lifestyle. There are many choices available today for patients who wear contact lenses. Contacts are more comfortable to wear than ever, and new advances continue to make contacts an option for people with various types of refractive error.
Contact lenses are medical devices that must be monitored and properly cared for to avoid complications. When contact lenses are worn as instructed, the risk to your eye health and vision are low. However, medications, environmental factors, other health concerns, non-compliance, over wear, or individual response may affect the success of your contact lens experience.
How can you get contact lenses?
Your contact lens evaluation are available in addition to an annual eye health exam. The evaluation services include:
-Biomicroscopic observation of the ocular surface
-Assessment of quality and flow of tears
-Assessment of corneal integrity, sensitivity, curvature, and mapping
-Eyelid evaluation and aperture size
Dr. Bansal is an expert in fitting soft, hard (RGP) and hybrid contact lenses, including multifocal and astigmatic correction lenses. She is also experienced with fitting specialty scleral contact lens evaluations for patients with keratoconus, very high astigmatism, or other corneal abnormalities that make it impossible to use regular contact lenses.
Other contact lens options we offer
Daily Disposable Lenses
Frequent Replacement Lenses
Conventional Annual Replacement Lenses
Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses
Extended Wear Soft Lenses
Overnight Sight Orthokerotology Lenses
Post Corneal Surgery Lenses
Caring for contact lenses
After your contact lens prescription has been finalized you will be offered the opportunity to purchase up to a one-year supply of contacts through our office. Our prices are competitive and we are happy to provide this service allowing you to get your contact lenses from a doctor you trust. You may however, opt to take your soft contact lens prescription elsewhere.
iCare Tonometry – the “No Air Puff” Eye Pressure Testing Method
What’s the worst part of going to the eye doctor? For most people, it’s the part of the appointment when the Optometrist sits shoots a scary puff of air directly onto their eyes. Thankfully, you don’t need to put up with this inconvenient and uncomfortable test any longer! Dr. Bansal and her staff now use the iCare Tonometer, a revolutionary new method for no-puff glaucoma testing.
Is Glaucoma Testing Necessary?
Measuring the intraocular pressure of the eye is the most important element of glaucoma testing. This type of test can detect glaucoma in its early stages, often before any symptoms begin to affect your life.
Unfortunately, many people do not catch the symptoms of glaucoma until their condition has begun to seriously affect their lives and permanently affect their vision.Since most people with glaucoma do not experience any noticeable symptoms, visiting your Optometrist for regular testing is crucial. This no-puff glaucoma testing is one of the only ways to test for this debilitating disease. And the iCare Tonometer delivers the same precise results as the normal “air-puff” test, ensuring accurate results.
What Is No-Puff Glaucoma Testing Like?
No-puff glaucoma testing is much less intimidating than the standard equipment for testing intraocular pressure. It’s simply a small plastic orb attached to a short handle. Our trained techs will bring the iCare tonometer close to your eye and tap it against your cornea very quickly and gently.
No intimidating puffs of air, no annoying eye drops, no bulky equipment up next to your face. Just one small tap, and you’re done. Many patients report feeling a slight tickling sensation, but this test is painless and lasts for only a moment. It’s a kinder, gentler way to keep your eyes healthy.
Who Does It Benefit?
In a word: everybody! Everyone should be regularly tested, especially if you have risk factors or a family history of glaucoma, but nobody enjoys that “puff.” But since glaucoma is responsible for 9-12 percent of all blindness in the United States, you don’t want to put your vision on the line by neglecting this important test.
If you’ve avoided the optometrist’s office for years because of that pesky puff, there’s no need to do so any longer. Dr. Bansal and her entire staff are trained to use the iCare tonometer, and have made this innovative new no-puff glaucoma testing method a regular part of every eye exam. It’s just one part of our continued dedication to your health and comfort.
On average, the average exam takes 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the outcome of some of the testing that may require dilation.
During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
Vision screenings are general eye tests that are meant to help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. Screenings include brief vision tests performed by a school nurse, pediatrician or volunteers. The eye test you take when you get your driver's license renewed is an example of a vision screening. A vision screening can indicate that you need to get an eye exam, but it does not serve as a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.A comprehensive eye examination is performed by an eye doctor and will involve careful testing of all aspects of your vision. Based upon the results of your exam, your doctor will then recommend a treatment plan for your individual needs. Remember, only an eye doctor can provide a comprehensive eye exam. Most family physicians and pediatricians are not fully trained to do this, and studies have shown that they can miss important vision problems that require treatment.
Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone. Adults should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease.