Brass Eye Center is proud to be your local ophthalmologist serving the Greater Capital District including Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Latham, Clifton Park and the surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive eye exams and we always make sure that your vision is our top priority. We’re not just here to check your vision. Our staff and doctors are specially trained to check for, recognize, and treat all eye conditions and diseases. Coming in for yearly eye exams is important in maintaining the health of your eyes. Some of the tests we may perform when you come in for an eye exam include the following:
Visual Acuity Test
A visual acuity test is used to determine the smallest letters you can read on an eye chart that’s 20 feet away. During this test, we will measure your visual acuity, and then optimize it for glasses and/or contact lenses. Your visual acuity is expressed as a fraction. Perfectly normal vision is considered 20/20 vision. The first number represents the distance you stand away from the chart; the second number represents how far away a person with normal eyesight can read the same line you read correctly. The higher the second number, the worse your vision is. For example, someone with 20/100 vision would have to stand 20 feet away from something to read it while a person with normal vision could read it from 100 feet away.
An autorefractor test is used to obtain the initial refraction assessment test. An autorefractor is a computer-controlled objective measurement test that allows us to figure out your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription. The autorefractor test is simple; you place your chin on a chin rest and look into a light inside the machine and the computer will read out your prescription.
A refraction assessment test helps your eye doctor determine the lens prescription that will give you the best possible vision. For this test, you’ll be asked to look through a phoropter. A phoropter is a mask-like device that contains different lenses. You’ll tell us when you see most clearly, allowing us to find the best combination of lenses for you.
Confrontation of Visual Field
This is the most common type of field test used by eye doctors. This test will determine your entire vertical and horizontal visual field range and check for potential blind spots that could lead to eye disease. You’ll be asked to cover one eye while focusing on a target object. Then, you’ll be asked to describe images in your peripheral vision. If an eye disease is suspected, more comprehensive types of tests will have to be performed.
A slit-lamp examination uses a microscope with a light attached to it, allowing the doctor to examine the cornea, iris, and lens under high magnification. This allows for a more efficient examination. During a complete eye exam, patients will have their eyes dilated. On follow up exams, the eye(s) may or may not be dilated depending on the condition being evaluated.
These tests are performed to measure the pressure in your eyes and determine if you may have glaucoma. The most common test is the tonometer. The tonometer measures your eye’s resistance to it and determines the pressure in your eyes. We do not use the "puff of air", and most people do not even realize they have had their pressure evaluated! If there is a concern, further tests will be performed.
Contact The Doctors at Brass Eye Center Today!
If you’re interested in visiting us for an eye exam, feel free to fill out our appointment request form or give us a call at (518) 782-7827. Our offices in Latham and Clifton Park are convenient for patients living anywhere in the Capital District including Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Clifton Park, Malta, and Saratoga. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or by phone. We look forward to seeing you – with crystal clear vision!