Optometrists located in Santa Monica, CA
Your eye health is the top priority at Cooper Optometry in Santa Monica, California. The doctors at Cooper Optometry and their friendly staff offer the latest in advanced vision care, including routine comprehensive eye exams, to ensure good vision and ocular health. Dr. Cooper and Dr. Chung take extra care to find the right prescription to fit your needs and help achieve the best possible vision for your lifestyle. Using the latest technologies like Optomap® allows the doctors at Cooper Optometry to identify early signs of eye dysfunction, so you benefit from timely treatments. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam by phone or use the online booking feature to learn more.
Comprehensive Eye Exams
What is involved in a comprehensive eye exam?
A comprehensive eye exam includes numerous tests and procedures to measure your visual accuracy and assess your overall eye health.
Initially, Dr. Cooper or Dr. Chung may perform a visual acuity test using an eye chart to determine the sharpness and accuracy of your vision. She assesses how well your eyes work together, your depth perception, and how efficiently your eyes move by asking you to perform various exercises.
During an examination of the internal structures of your eye, she uses a slit lamp, a high-powered binocular microscope. She may administer dilation drops to examine multiple parts of your eye -- e.g., cornea, iris, and eyelids -- looking for abnormalities or early indications of eye disease.
The slit lamp also allows the doctor to examine the very back of your eye, so that she can check for conditions like macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.
Dr. Cooper and Dr. Chung also use Optomap technology to take digital images of your retina that she carefully reviews to identify early signs of eye disease and life-threatening conditions, like cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Does a comprehensive eye exam test for glaucoma?
Dr. Cooper and Dr. Chung test for glaucoma during your exam, especially if you have a family history of this disease. She administers numbing drops before her examination to keep you comfortable.
An instrument known as a tonometer measures the pressure in your eye to determine if you have early signs of glaucoma.
Do I need glasses?
Your doctor asks you questions about your vision and any problems you may be having. She tests your vision using a phoropter instrument that contains various lenses. This device helps to determine the strength of the prescription you need to improve your vision.
For glasses or an update to your prescription, the staff helps you select the right frames for your face. Cooper Optometry offers the most popular eyeglass frame brands to suit all the members of your family, from grandmother to grandchild.
If you’re interested in contact lenses, your doctor must perform additional testing to determine the appropriate contact prescription. She may ask you to schedule a separate contact lens fitting appointment if you haven’t had contacts before.
If you already wear contact lenses, Dr. Cooper may perform the fitting as part of your exam and can upgrade your prescription as necessary.
To learn more about the benefits of a comprehensive eye exam, schedule an appointment online or call the office.