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Eye Specialist Colorado Springs

Infocus Eye Care is a leading provider of optometric services with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology. Our eye specialist in Colorado Springs, Dr. Jason Leonhardt is a top-rated optometrist with several years of experience and numerous accolades to his credit.

Is dilation necessary for an eye exam?

Whether or not you need an eye dilation for an eye exam, depends on your age, overall health status, and risk for eye infections. A doctor may dilate your eyes before an eye exam to widen your pupils and to allow in more light. Dilation not only helps your doctor have a better look at the back of your eye, but it also assists your doctor to precisely diagnose eye conditions in its early stages. Dilation helps detect conditions like diabetes, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and glaucoma in its early stages.

The dilation process can make your vision blurry, and you may have to refrain from driving and other activities, as your eyes may feel a lot more sensitive to light. However, if you do not want to undergo dilation, talk to your doctor about it, and he may use an alternative approach to examine the back of your eye. Our eye specialist in Colorado Springs will consider your age, ethnic background, eye health, and your overall health status before considering dilation for you.

Steps involved in an eye exam

During your eye exam, be prepared to answer questions on your current eye problems, vision history, lifestyle, family medical history, allergies, etc. After that, your doctor may proceed to the exam where he will measure your visual acuity. He may check you for refractive errors and prescribe glasses or contact lenses if you suffer from refractive errors. He may numb your eyes with an eye drop to measure the eye pressure inside your eye. Your doctor may also use dilation to examine your eye for eye diseases and vision problems.

Following dilation, your doctor may perform eye exams such as visual acuity test, refraction assessment, color vision testing, etc. to check the overall quality of your vision and the health of various parts of your eye. After your exam, the doctor may discuss the results with you and warn you about your risk for eye diseases. He may also suggest preventative measures to help you protect your eye from future complaints.

Retinal eye test

Ophthalmoscopy or a retinal exam is a procedure used to examine your retina, the back of your eye, the layer of blood vessels beneath the retina, and the optic disk. Your doctor may dilate your pupils using eye drops before shining light into your eyes for the examination. This exam helps detect issues like retinal tears, detachment, diabetic retinopathy, macular hole, and macular degeneration.

Call Infocus Eye Care to schedule an appointment with our eye specialist in Colorado Springs. We help you attain the best quality of vision with our range of superior grade lenses, frames, and contacts. Dr. Jason specializes in the treatment and cure of eye diseases and vision problems.