As licensed professional Optometrists, we aim to offer adequate medical services in order to meet our patients’ needs. We are highly committed to offering high quality care to the St. Louis community.
Comprehensive Eye Exam
What you should expect during a comprehensive eye exam?
A comprehensive eye exam is usually simple and comfortable. It shouldn't take more than 30 to 45 minutes to complete. It all starts with your medical/family history and a confirmation of your corrective lenses.
Visual Acuity is the part of an eye exam people are most familiar with. You will read eye charts to determine how well you see at various distances.
A refraction will let us know if you need corrective lenses, or if there is a change in your prescription.
Eye pressure testing, called tonometry, measures the pressure within your eye. We use a slit-lamp microscope to examine the front part of the eye, including the eyelids, cornea, iris, and lens. It is here, we discover dry eye, styes, or cataracts.
We may choose to put dilating drops in your eye to dilate, or widen, your pupil. This will allow us to examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage from disease. Your eyes might be sensitive to light for a few hours after dilation.
Each part of the comprehensive eye exam provides important information about the health of your eyes and the best corrected vision possible.
Dry Eye Disease
Treatment for Dry Eyes
Do your eyes feel, scratchy, itchy, or burning? Do they often feel like sand is in them or do they water excessively at times? Does your vision frequently film over, particulary when you stare for a long time into your phone, computer or tablet? Our office can determine if your symptoms are a result of Dry Eye Syndrome and, if so, recommend a treatment plan that may include:
warm eyelid compresses
cleaning eyelid pads
RETAINE MGD lubricant eye drops Complete Dry Eye Relief
PRN Dry Eye Omega Liquid
The first step towards relief from Dry Eye Syndrome is a comprehensive eye examination, so please contact our office for an appointment, or let us know that you’re experiencing symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome at your next visit. That way we can determine if treatment is necessary. Treatments medications are offered at Overland Eye Associates at a lower cost than retail store.
Glasses & Contact Lens
OEA is dedicated to help you find the best corrective lens possible with the highest quality eyewear for every style and budget!
If you wear or want contacts, you need a contact lens evaluation in addition to a comprehensive eye exam.
We will perform special tests during a contact lens exam to evaluate your vision with contacts.
These tests will measure your eye surface to determine what size and type of contacts are best for you.
Our experienced opticians are specialized in finding the right frames to fit you and your budget. If you have eye insurance, our staff will explain what is covered and what would be your responsibility. We will also explain the several lens options available (materials, coatings, etc.) that can increase the quality of a patient’s lenses and help them see the world clearer.
Glaucoma Testing and Treatment
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, often related to increases in pressure inside the eye. If left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage and even blindness. Patients are often unaware of any symptoms, making it important for their pressures to be checked regularly during a comprehensive eye exam. This is a simple, painless test.
We will start with a test which is called tonometry, in which an instrument contacts gently measures the pressure of the eyeball itself.
Then visual field test allows us to tell you if you have lost part of your field of vision from glaucoma, how much you have lost, and can help determine the rate of disease progression, and exactly what your treatment needs to be, which in turn will help to tailor the treatment.
Your pupils will be dilated using eye drops, and then we will use high tech instruments (HRT3/OCT) to map and document the health of your optic nerve.
Two other tests are performed as a part of a complete evaluation of glaucoma - genioscopy to assess the internal eye fluid circulation channels and - pachymetry to measure corneal thickness a key factor in glaucoma diagnosis. Treatment of glaucoma begins with eye drops and the doctors of OEA will carefully prescribe and explain the appropriate treatments for each patient.