TWO IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

We have moved! Our new location is just one floor down, Suite 340 of the St. Vincent East Pavilion.

Regarding COVID-19:

The clinic is open for both medical and vision appointments. Our optical shop is open by appointment as well. Please give us a call to schedule.

For your safety and that of our community, please note the changes to the hospital and clinic.

  • If you are not well or have been sick in the past week, please call so we can triage any ocular symptoms and reschedule your appt.
  • Please arrive no more than 10 mins before your appt. If you arrive early, you may be asked to wait in your car, as we do not have waiting area seating.
  • Your temperature will be taken when you enter the hospital.
  • Please bring only one attendant, ages 16+ years old.
  • Bring and wear a mask (both patient and attendant) while in the hospital and clinics.

Is It Time for Your Eye Exam?

Eye Exam Portland ORMost problems with your eyes can be addressed effectively. But this is only true if Dr. Wilkins, Dr. Donohue, or Dr. Samples can spot the problem early on in its development. That’s the scary thing about many eye problems, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration — they don’t start exhibiting any signs to the person until a degree of vision damage has already occurred. That’s why vision exams every two years or so if you’re over 40 and every year after 50 are necessary.

People wonder what we’re doing when we blow a puff of air onto their eyes or when we switch out all of those lenses and ask you which is better. Well, when you have an eye exam at The Eye Clinic, here is a list of the tests that we perform, along with what each test is trying to do.

  • Refraction assessment— As light rays enter the front of your eyes, they are bent as they reach the retina in the back of the eye. If the light rays aren’t focused properly, you have a refractive error. Glasses or contact lenses correct these errors. To fine tune the amount of error and correction we use a phoropter, where alternate lenses are rotated in front of your eyes to find which correction gives you the best vision.
  • Visual acuity test— This uses an alphabet eye chart, also called the Snellen chart. You read the letters that get progressively smaller the farther down your read.
  • Vision field test— This determines if you have difficulty seeing in any areas of your overall field of vision. We use an automated perimetry machine where you look at a screen with blinking lights on it. You press a button each time you see a blink.
  • Eye muscle test— You simply follow an object and we watch your eye movements to check for muscle weakness, poor control, or poor coordination between eyes.
  • Color vision test— To test for any color vision problems, we show you several multicolored dot-pattern tests. There are numbers and shapes within the dot patterns. If you can’t see certain colors, you won’t see the numbers/shapes in the dots.
  • Slit-lamp examination— The slit lamp is a microscope that illuminates and magnifies the front of your eye. We examine your eyelids, lashes, cornea, iris, lens, and the fluid chamber in your eye.
  • Retinal examination— Sometimes called funduscopy or ophthalmoscopy, this is the examination of the back of your eye, where the retina, optic disc, and various blood vessels are found. For this exam, we usually dilate your eye with eyedrops. These keep the pupil from getting smaller when a light is shown on it.
  • Glaucoma screening— Glaucoma is a disease where pressure builds inside your eyeball, intraocular pressure. This pressure damages the optic nerve and your vision. For this test, we usually use a puff of air shot onto the front of the eye. This measures the pressure in the eye.

Is it time for your eye exam? Call us at The Eye Clinic, (503) 297-4718, to make your appointment.

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