The term 20/20 simply means that an individual can clearly see the letters on a standard eye chart, or, what someone with clear vision should be able to see at 20 feet. There is so much more to healthy vision than 20/20. We offer one of the most comprehensive eye exams using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. At Lynn Valley Optometry, we focus on prevention: we want to detect signs of disease or abnormalities early on, while conditions are still treatable, and therefore have designed our exams to reflect this goal. During your eye exam we will perform a thorough evaluation to assess nearsightedness, farsightedness, visual fitness, as well as signs of threatening conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. We test various visual skills such as eye teaming, focusing and tracking to ensure each patient, young and old, is able to correctly interpret their environment. Our evaluation also includes an optomap® Retinal Exam which provides us with a more detailed view of the back of your eye. Throughout your exam we will clearly explain the tests performed and the doctor will go over the results with you to ensure you have a complete understanding of your current eye health and vision needs.
This technology is used to see exactly how your eyes react to a computer display monitor. Its purpose is to detect CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome) and allow the doctor to create a special prescription tailored to meet your precise computer vision needs. When you focus on the simulated computer screen of the PRIO instrument, your eyes drift out to their natural focal resting point-just like when you work at your own computer. The PRIO prescription allows your eyes to relax while keeping the computer screen crystal clear. By eliminating the need to constantly refocus, your eyes remain comfortably at rest-even after hours at the computer.
The optomap® Retinal Exam: We are the only eye care practice on the North Shore to have this instrument and it is now an integral part of our vision evaluation. The optomap® Retinal Exam is used to get an ultra-widefield view of the retina (the back of the eye). A thorough screening of the retina is critical to verify that your eye is healthy and can help with early detection of common diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, and even cancer. The Optomap also allows us to review images immediately with patients and gives us a baseline to track subsequent changes or disease progression. The exam is quick, painless, and may not require dilation drops.
The SD-OCT: This state-of-the-art instrument demonstrates a major breakthrough in preventative eye care technology and we are proud to be the only practice on the North Shore to offer it. Until now, we were only able to look at the surface of the retina. The OCT allows us to view the retinal structure right down to the cellular level in unprecedented detail. It's like an MRI of the eye but using light and no radiation. This allows us to detect signs of glaucoma and macular degeneration at much earlier stages. Note that this is not a routine test and is normally ordered by your doctor if they suspect any abnormality that may require further investigation.
Contact Lens Exam: If you're a contact-lens-wearer or are requesting to wear them for the first time, additional testing is necessary to ensure you are a good candidate or to check the continuing health and condition of your eyes. Because the eyes of an adult change over time, it is essential to update your contact lens measurements and recommendations at your annual exam.
Dry Eye Center of Excellence: Our doctors have completed extensive training on dry eye disease and treatment. We are happy to offer a very thorough evaluation of your dry eye disease and subsequently design a treatment plan specifically for you. Learn more about our dry eye evaluation and 3 month boot camp.
iTherapyTM Integrated Visual Learning: iTherapy TMis our branded version of Optometric vision therapy with includes our exclusive integrated visual learning process. It is a highly effective treatment for many common visual problems that are often misdiagnosed as reading or learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia. Click here to learn more about our developmental vision exam.
Low Vision Exam: In addition to our standard comprehensive eye exam we offer a more specialized evaluation for patients who suffer from reduced or low vision due to various ocular health conditions. Should you require low vision services, you will undergo further testing and an in-depth consultation with both Dr. Shajani and our Low Vision Technician to discover how to best enhance your visual ability.
We would like to emphasize the importance of getting yearly eye exams to detect harmful conditions and preserve your eye health. There has been an extensive amount of research done in this area concluding that early detection and prevention is essential to treatment of diseases. By receiving regular examinations we are able to observe changes year to year and detect any abnormalities early on.
Eye disease is more prevalent than you may think. The good news is that most are preventable. Do not rely on having symptoms to tell you that your eye health is in danger; remember to put your health first and get your eyes checked yearly. Never just "wait and see", be proactive and preserve your vision.