Renew Eye Clinic
Michael Choi, M.D.
General Ophthalmology & Cataract Surgeon located in Buena Park, CA
Professional eye exams are the foundation of great eye health and are available from Michael Choi, MD, of Renew Eye Clinic in Buena Park, California. If you’re overdue for a comprehensive eye exam, call the office today to set up a visit. Online scheduling is also an option and can be done from the comfort of home, any time of day or night.
Eye Exam Q&A
Why are eye exams so important?
Far too many people only come in to see an eye specialist once they notice a change in their vision or eye health. That approach fails to take advantage of all that preventive care has to offer and can place you at serious risk of eye damage.
Routine professional eye exams are essential to preserving healthy vision. These visits give Dr. Choi an opportunity to assess your eye health and perform the screenings appropriate for your age and health.
Many eye problems don’t show clear signs or symptoms in the early stages. You may not notice anything is wrong until extensive damage has already occurred. Eye exams can catch many common eye health problems in the earliest stages, when treatment is often most effective.
What happens during a comprehensive eye exam?
The initial part of your visit includes a discussion about your vision and medical history. You’ll share the details of any changes you’ve noticed since your last appointment and discuss any areas of concern.
An eye muscle assessment allows Dr. Choi to track how well your eyes are aligned as you watch a target as it moves in different directions. A cover test checks to make sure each eye can accurately track a target as the other eye is covered.
A visual acuity test is the screening most people associate with an eye exam. That is the test where you read letters from a chart as they get smaller and smaller until you can no longer make them out.
If Dr. Choi suspects you need eyeglasses, refraction testing uses a device called a phoropter to alternate between various lenses to determine which one delivers the clearest view. A slit lamp test, or biomicroscope, lights and magnifies the front portion of your eye to check for signs of certain eye conditions.
Retinal examination, or ophthalmology, dilates your pupils to enable a better view of the back portion of your eye. Glaucoma testing checks the pressure within your eyes, and pachymetry uses ultrasound technology to assess the thickness of your cornea.
How should I prepare for my eye exam?
One way you can make the most out of your eye exam is to prepare a full list of all medical conditions you’re being treated for, as well as a comprehensive list of medications and supplements you’re taking.
If you’re concerned about changes in your vision or eye health, be sure to discuss those concerns with Dr. Choi during your exam. Advanced diagnostic tools can go a long way toward identifying signs of disease, but nothing replaces open communication between doctor and patient.
Many people find it helpful to bring in a written list of questions and to take notes during their eye exam visit. Dr. Choi welcomes you to ask questions and get clarification on any issue you’re concerned about, and patient education is woven into every interaction.
Booking your one-on-one eye exam is as simple as a phone call or a few moments on the online scheduling page, so don’t delay.