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Can incipient cataracts be diagnosed with a slit-lamp examination? Any additional tests required if slit lamp doesn't reveal anything?

Can incipient cataracts be diagnosed with a slit-lamp examination? Any additional tests required if slit lamp doesn't reveal anything?

Yes. No. : Diagnosis of a cataract, whether incipient or otherwise, is best done through a dilated pupil under slit lamp examination by a trained ophthalmologist. Additional testing may be performed to ascertain impact on vision, however nothing else is required to diagnose. ...Read more

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How will an eye doctor perform eye examination without refraction?

How will an eye doctor perform eye examination without refraction?

Two different things: A comprehensive eye evaluation should include a refraction, but it is not always essential. Refraction measures whether the eye is near- or farsighted, or has astigmatism. These conditions are not considered medical problems and correcting them alone does not rule out someone having other diseases in the eye. If a patient has a specific problem, refraction may be avoided altogether. ...Read more

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Is a board certified and licensed optician qualified to perform a refractive eye exam for an eyeglass prescription using digital eye exam equipment?

Is a board certified and licensed optician qualified to perform a refractive eye exam for an eyeglass prescription using digital eye exam equipment?

Eye professionals: An optician strictly fits glasses. An optometrist is trained and qualified to do regular eye exams as you describe, along with some eye care. An ophthalmologist is a physician who performs medical and surgical eye care. ...Read more

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Would a routine eye exam discover optic neuritis?

Would a routine eye exam discover optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis.: A routine eye examination may miss a very early optic neuritis. ...Read more

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Like gonioscopy, opthalmoscopy, and tonometry hurt?

Like gonioscopy, opthalmoscopy, and tonometry hurt?

They Do not hurt: Gonioscopy, ophthalmoscopy and tonometry are all part of a complete eye examination and generally do not hurt. Topical anesthetic drops are instilled in the eye at the beginning of the examination. While the bright light of ophthalmoscopy may be briefly uncomfortable, it is generally not painful. ...Read more

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How DRE exam is performed ?

How DRE exam is performed ?

Gloved finger: The doctor inserts a gloved finger via the anus to feel tissues in the rectum and surrounding organs, especially prostate, in case of a man. You may consult this site for more info on this topic. http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/digital-rectal-examination-dre#1 ...Read more

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Is a retinal digital photograph any good for seeing possible retinal tears/detachment or is a dilated pupil exam required?

Is a retinal digital photograph any good for seeing possible retinal tears/detachment or is a dilated pupil exam required?

Retinal photography: Will not visualize most retinal tears. Some in the mid-periphery will be detected, but the majority will require a dilated retinal examination. The standard of care is a dilated exam. Retinal drawings or photography can be used for documentation. ...Read more

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Can tests like gonioscopy, opthalmoscopy, and tonometry be painful?

Can tests like gonioscopy, opthalmoscopy, and tonometry be painful?

No.: These eye tests are not painful but the bright lights may be intense. The tonometry may be startling (if it involves a puff of air) and if they have to contact your corneal, they will use topical anesthetic. ...Read more

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How do a comprehensive eye exam and a routine eye exam differ?

How do a comprehensive eye exam and a routine eye exam differ?

Less detailed: In many practices a routine eye exam will be a brief exam that does not include a detailed exam of all of the parts of the eye. In addition there is typically no discussion of any medical issues associated with the eye. ...Read more

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How is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed by digital rectal examination?

How is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed by digital rectal examination?

Consistency: Benign enlargement the gland gets enlarged almost 3 finger size, may not able to reach upper end of prostate, the central grove will disappears, consistency is not hard like malignancy, your urologist is an expert who has knowledge to distinguish from other conditions, finally if needed will do a biopsy to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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Do the tests like gonioscopy, opthalmoscopy, and tonometry hurt?

No: Those are very common tests done by ophthalmologist who are trained to perform them. When done correctly, there is no pain at all. The eyes are first numbed with an anesthetic eye drop and therefore, no pain is felt. During the tests, an instrument does come in contact with the cornea, but the patient cannot feel anything because the eye is numbed. Aprehension...Yes...Pain...No! ...Read more

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How often is a dilation eye exam recommended if no symptoms exist? Which one is better? Digital retina exam or dilated eye exam?

How often is a dilation eye exam recommended if no symptoms exist? Which one is better? Digital retina exam or dilated eye exam?

Depends: At your age, & depending on your eye health, a dilated exam every 3 years is probably sufficient. For myopia yearly exams usually are desirable to check on prescription changes. My strong preference is for dilated exams with hi-powered diagnostic indirect lenses to evaluate the posterior part of your eyes. Digital retinal imaging exams (Retincam™) work for big pathologies, but not micro-detailed ...Read more

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What is the difference between contact lens exam and annual eye exam?

What is the difference between contact lens exam and annual eye exam?

There are 3: There are three distinct services typically offered. The first is the eye exam. This determines if the eyes are healthy. The second is the refraction. This determines a glasses prescription. The third is a contact lens fitting. This determines a contact lens prescription. Generally there is a fee for each service. ...Read more

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What type of eye exam is done to diagnose presbyopia?

Same one: Presbyopia, or the inability to change the focus from distance to near, is determined during the course of a routine eye exam. In most cases, the diagnosis is obvious after a few minutes of conversation with the doctor. ...Read more

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Docs, could an opthalmoscope with pupil dilated detect an early post viterous detachment easily?

Docs, could an opthalmoscope with pupil dilated detect an early post viterous detachment easily?

Yes: This requires a skilled examiner - usually an opthalmologist with an MD degree for this type of evaluation. It might require the use of a different type of ophthalmoscope termed an 'indirect ophthalmoscope'. ...Read more

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When having eyes dilated for glaucoma exam can an ophthalmologist detect diabetic retinopathy?

When having eyes dilated for glaucoma exam can an ophthalmologist detect diabetic retinopathy?

Yes if present : The dilated eye exam is exactly how we inspect the retina, optic nerve , blood vessels, and other parts for diseases. So if a person has diabetes and it is affecting their retina, we will find it and if necessary treat the complications. As it turns out, not having retinopathy (a good thing) doesn't mean that you don't have diabetes. Your primary doctor determines that. ...Read more

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Docs, could a retinoscope with pupil dilated identify a post vitreous detachment?

Docs, could a retinoscope with pupil dilated identify a post vitreous detachment?

Ophthalmoscope: These conditions can be identified with an ophthalmoscope (a retinoscope is used to measure eyeglass power). Dilation of the pupil is usually necessary. This requires some experience and training which ophthalmologists do have (not really a skill for optometrists). ...Read more