Ophthalmic Physicians of Monmouth strives to provide the swiftest possible diagnosis and treatment services to our patients. We offer a wide range of the most state-of-the-art diagnostic testing to identify and treat cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and many other conditions. We also focus on the comfort of our pediatric patients, while helping them to understand each phase of their eye exam along with their results and treatment.
What to Expect
During your eye exam, we will take a full medical history, a full ocular (eye) history, a review of systems, and obtain a list of the medications you are taking. We will also determine your current eyeglass prescription and perform exams to check: vision with and without glasses; eye movements; the pupils; the retina (back of the eye); eye pressure; and both a visual acuity and a visual field test (please read more about these tests directly below). When necessary, we will also test for color vision. Pediatric exams for our child patients include all of the above along with testing for depth perception and for amblyopia, also known as "lazy eye", and strabismus, in which the eyes appear to cross. (Please read more about these conditions under "Common Pediatric Ophthalmic Conditions" at the bottom of this page).
Our diagnostic testing includes:
Visual Acuity Test — Part of every comprehensive eye exam, the visual acuity eye chart test allows the doctor to measure your ability to see at varying distances.
Slit Lamp Exam — The slit lamp is used primarily to view the anterior (front) structures of the eye such as the iris, lens and cornea. It is a microscope with a light attached, allowing examination of the eye under high magnification. With special lenses, it can also examine the vitreous and the back of the eye.
Tonometry — The doctor will use numbing drops in the eyes prior to this test. This instrument is used to measure pressure within the eye.
Visual Field Test — This test enables the doctor to determine if there is a loss of peripheral (side) vision, which is a sign of glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmic conditions.
Dilated Eye Exam — The pupils are dilated (expanded) through the use of drops placed in the eyes. The doctor examines the retina and optic nerve for damage or other problems. Your close-up vision may be blurry for a few hours following the exam. The glare from sunlight may also impede pursuits like driving your car but sunglasses will help to alleviate such concerns.
Pachymetry — The doctor will use drops to numb the eye. Then the thickness of the cornea is measured with an instrument utilizing ultrasound waves.
Common ophthalmic conditions and emergencies:
Common pediatric ophthalmic conditions:
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