At Total Eyecare in Elko, our experienced optometrists go above and beyond each day to provide our patients with quality, personalized eye vision and care. We specialize in routine eye examinations for glasses and contact lens prescriptions, diagnostic exams for vision concerns like glaucoma or retinal problems, and the treatment of eye infections. Our optometrists examine the internal and external eye structure to diagnose and treat eye diseases included cataracts, systemic diseases impacting vision like diabetes, and vision conditions such as nearsightedness.

Experienced Optometrists Identify Vision Disorders with Comprehensive Tests

Our optometrists are here to help you see better! A comprehensive exam is the first step to determining the root cause for your vision problem so we can promptly address and correct this concern. Our optometrists use a variety of tests to examine your eyes. The most basic test is a visual acuity test, which determines the sharpness of your vision. During a visual acuity test, you will be asked to reach a projected eye chart to measure distance acuity and a hand-held chart to measure near vision acuity. A color blindness test will screen your color vision. Even if you are not color blind, it is possible that an eye health problem could be affecting your color vision; consequently, this is an important test to identify a potentially serious and undiagnosed vision issue.

The “cover test” is one of the simplest and most common ways for our optometrist to evaluate how your eyes work together. During the cover test, our eye doctor will ask you to focus on a small object across the room while you alternate covering each of your eyes. The cover test is used to identify whether a subtle binocular vision problem could be causing eyestrain; other possible causes could be “lazy eye” (amblyopia) or strabismus.

Our optometrists perform a retinoscopy test to determine your specific eyeglass prescription. During this exam, our eye doctor will dim the lights and ask you to stare at a given target. Our eye doctor will shine a light at your eye while flipping different lenses in front of your eyes. Based on the way the light is reflected into your eye, our doctor will narrow down the correct lens prescription to correct your vision. We may also conduct a refraction test. During this test, our optometrists will place an instrument called a phoropter in front of your eyes and show you a series of lenses. You will then tell our eye doctor which lens appears to be the most clear. Based on your answers, our eye doctor will continue narrowing down the different lenses until we identify the right lenses to correct your vision.

Whether you need a new contact lens prescription or are concerned that a more serious vision issues, such as cataracts, could be affecting your ability to see, our experienced optometrists are here to help. To learn more about vision services and to schedule your eye exam, call our dedicated vision team in Elko, NV at 775-738-8491.