Your Examination Today…

 

  • Dr. Friedberg will first discuss with you any specific complaints or problems you are having with your eyes.
  • The doctor will refract your eyes to determine your current spectacle needs.  He will do this technique by rapidly alternating lenses in front of your eyes to help you compare between two choices.  The end point is when you cannot tell the difference between the two choices so do not be concerned if you feel you cannot make a choice easily.
  • Dr. Friedberg uses a flashlight to evaluate the eyelids, ocular surface, pupils and alignment of the eyes.
  • To diagnose glaucoma, the doctor measures the pressure inside the eye. Dr. Friedberg places anesthetic drops in your eyes, and these drops may burn for a few seconds.  You will see a blue light while the doctor holds your eyelids open to take the measurement.
  • Your retinal examination may be completed through an undilated pupil using a special “small pupil” lens.  Sometimes, you may require more drops in your eyes to dilate or widen the pupils.  Then you will go to a waiting area until the drops have worked.  At this point, you may notice that your vision blurs when looking at near objects and everything appears very bright.  The blurred vision may last several hours.  Driving may be difficult as well as reading.  If this presents a problem, please discuss your situation with the doctor.  Children and patients with blue or light eye color may have dilation lasting up to 24 hours.
  • The doctor will then examine your eyes for cataract changes with a microscope.  He will use other lenses to view the retina.  These examinations use very bright lights and may be slightly uncomfortable because of the brightness.
  • At the end of your examination, Dr. Friedberg will review any findings and will be happy to answer any questions.
  • A medical eye examination will provide you with a prescription for glasses if needed, but not for contact lenses.   We do not fit contact lens in this office.