Park Ophthalmology of Raleigh & Durham Guides Patients through the Eye Exam Process

eyes digitalartAn eye examination at Park Ophthalmology includes a number of very important tests and measurements that provide Beth R. Friedland M.D. with a complete record of each patient’s eye health and vision needs. To reduce the unknown around eye examinations, especially for patients who have not had an exam done in years, Park Ophthalmology in Raleigh and Durham explains the procedures in a typical ophthalmology exam.

Dr. Friedland offers a five stage process for accurate eye health and assessment:

  • Medical history: New clients will need to provide information about their medical history. This is because some conditions and certain medications can affect eye health and vision. Additionally, anyone who already has contact lenses or glasses should bring them so the office has a baseline measurement of the existing corrective lenses.
  • Eye muscle test: The patient watches a moving object, such as a pen or a light, as Dr. Friedland watches for any weaknesses in eye coordination and control. Eye pressure is also assessed before the actual refraction exam begins.
  • Refraction exam: This stage of the exam at Park Ophthalmology probably is familiar to most people and involves looking through a “binoculars” device containing many lenses of various strengths. As the doctor makes adjustments, the patient reports which combination of settings provides the clearest vision.
  • Visual field test: This measures the peripheral vision, or how far to either side the patient can see. The test may be performed using a device that flashes dots of light onto a dark screen. The client presses a button each time he or she sees a flash.
  • Retinal exam: The retina is a lining at the back of the eye that translates visual inputs such as light intensity, shapes and colors into neural signals for the brain. The patient’s pupils usually need to be dilated with eye drops before this test. The doctor uses a bright light and powerful lens to check the retina, optic disk and blood vessels at the back of the eye. It is normal to need sunglasses for a few hours after the exam until the dilation effect wears off.

Dr. Friedland and the Park Ophthalmology staff are happy to answer any questions about the procedures of a complete and healthy eye exam. Call today to reserve a time for your own eyes.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the eye strain and eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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