Eye Exams and Screenings

Expert Eye Care in Birmingham, AL

At Callahan Eye Clinic, we believe everyone deserves to see the world with clear, vivid vision. That's why we strive to provide high-quality eye care, helping to monitor our patients' vision over time and work with patients to achieve healthy eyes and beautiful vision. While treating eye conditions is an important part of eye health, equally important is preventive care - and regular eye exams are a key part of that prevention.

What to Expect at an Eye Exam

During an eye exam at our office, we'll perform a comprehensive examination of your eyes and vision, helping to spot any problems that currently exist or might develop and to outline potential treatment plans to keep your vision strong. In addition to diseases of the eyes themselves, we'll also keep a lookout for other conditions, many of which begin to show their earliest symptoms in the eyes. Some of these conditions include:

  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • High Risk of Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis

In addition to a regular exam, your doctor may decide to perform any of a variety of other tests to check different aspects of your eye health and vision. These can include:

Visual Acuity Test

This is a simple test to measure the clarity of your vision. You'll be asked to read a series of letters, each one getting progressively smaller. You'll perform this test one at a time for each eye.

Refraction Assessment

This helps to find the ideal prescription for a corrective lens and consists of looking through a phoropter, which is a mask-like device that contains a variety of different lenses and prescriptions. Your doctor will have you look through several of these lenses to find the one that fits you best.

Woman At The Eye Doctor Sitting Down Getting An Eye Exam

Slit-Lamp Exam

This test makes use of a lighted microscope to examine the small structures at the very front of the eye - the cornea, iris, and lens. We may need to dilate your eyes to ensure the efficacy of this test.

Dilated Ophthalmoscopy

This test checks the rear of the eye, letting your doctor inspect the optic nerve, retina, and posterior wall, all of which are critical to vision. We'll need to dilate your eyes for this test, and you doctor will use a light source and powerful lens to examine your eye structures.

Glaucoma Testing

We may use a variety of different tests to check for glaucoma, but the most common is applanation tonometry. In this test, we'll first administer a local anesthetic, then we'll use a chin rest to stabilize your head. You will look directly into a machine that tests the resistance of your eye to a probe. Don't worry, though - the procedure is painless, and it'll ensure the health of your eye.

Visual Field Test

This test examines the full horizontal and vertical range of your vision, helping to find any blind spots (scotomas), which may indicate conditions like glaucoma or macular degeneration. The first stage is fairly informal, where we'll simply ask you to focus on one spot and describe objects in your periphery. If we expect there may be a problem, we'll perform more formal testing.

Specialized Tests

In addition to these tests, we may also recommend more comprehensive tests that check for specific conditions and diseases affecting the eye. Our office is equipped with highly advanced technology and equipment that lets us perform these advanced tests on-site, helping us to diagnose, design, and manage treatment plans all in one practice. Some of the other tests we may perform on-site include:

  • Autorefractor
  • B-Scan Ocular Ultrasound
  • Corneal Topography
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Fundus Photography
  • Visual Field Testing

Contact Your Birmingham, AL Eye Specialists

Regular preventive care and check-ups are critical to maintaining healthy eyes and clear vision throughout life, and at the Callahan Eye Clinic, we're committed to helping you achieve long-term eye health and vision. If you have any questions about the services we offer or would like to come in for an appointment, please call us at 205-933-6888, reach out to us at our contact page, or request an appointment at our Birmingham office.