Doctors of Optometry are primary health care providers who specialize in the examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the eye, visual system and associated structures, as well as the diagnosis of related systemic conditions.
The Optometry Service often is the first stop for patients at the New England Eye Center. Patients receive comprehensive ocular examinations, including ocular health assessment, treatment and management of ocular diseases, therapeutic and cosmetic contact lens care, consultation and referral to more specialized services when appropriate.
Comprehensive Ocular Evaluations
Comprehensive ocular evaluations include:
- detailed case history,
- visual acuity,
- pupil evaluation,
- extraocular motility function,
- color vision testing,
- examination of Peripheral visual field,
- analysis of the accommodative and binocular visual system,
- retinoscopy and refraction,
- examination of the external ocular adnexa with the use of biomicroscopy,
- intraocular pressure measurement, and
- examination of the health of the internal ocular media and fundus with the use of diagnostic pharmaceutical agents, biomicroscopy and ophthalmoscopy.
Additional tests may be performed when indicated by case history or objective signs and symptoms noted during the eye examination. These tests may include, but are not limited to, exophthalmometry, keratometry, gonioscopy, Amsler grid testing, ultrasonography, and corneal topography.
Ocular Health Assessment
New England Eye Center’s optometrists evaluate the complete ocular health of patients with the use of biomicroscopy and ophthalmoscopy and detect and diagnosis systemic pathology. They provide follow up care to patients and appropriate referral when necessary.
Treatment & Management of Ocular Surface Disease
Our optometrists diagnose and treat ocular surface disease with the use of therapeutic pharmaceutical agents and provide appropriate follow up care.
Analysis & Interpretation of Examination Results
Results of comprehensive ocular evaluations will be analyzed and interpreted and corrective lenses prescribed for refractive errors when necessary.
New England Eye Center optometrists provide consultation services for physicians and other providers who refer patients to the Optometry Service and report examination results to the referring professional when necessary.
Contact Lens Services
Contact Lens services include a full range of therapeutic care including that for patients with corneal surface disorders, keratoconus, corneal leukoma, albinism, and aniridia:
- evaluation, fit and prescription of contact lenses;
- appropriate follow-up care; and
- instruction on proper contact lens care and usage.
The contact lens evaluation encompasses the full range of contact lenses, both cosmetic and therapeutic including spherical and toric hydrophilic lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, keratoconic, pediatric aphakic, adult aphakic, aniridic, anisometropic, and bandage contact lenses.
Contact lens evaluation and fitting for infants and children is routinely available. We also specialize in the evaluation of patients who have had previous contact lens failures. Fitting of toric and multifocal contact lenses is also available.
Binocular & Accommodative Visual Services
The service can evaluate the accommodative and binocular visual system, prescribe appropriate corrective lenses and implement visual training programs when needed.
Vision Rehabilitation Services
Our optometrists conduct low vision examinations, prescribe appropriate low vision aides and instruct partially sighted patients on proper use of optical and nonoptical low-vision devices.
For more information on these services, visit our expanded section on Vision Rehabilitation Services.
Environmental Optometry Services
We provide patient education and advice regarding environmental and occupational factors which influence visual performance, safety, comfort and hygiene.