Depending on the medical history and symptoms, an independent medical eye examination may either address a specific problem or involve a comprehensive examination. A complete eye examination usually includes:
- Measurement of visual acuity.
- Refraction to determine for updated optical prescription.
- Examination of eye movement and eye muscle balance.
- Glaucoma testing.
- Testing for cataracts.
- Microscopic examination of the corneal, iris, and lens.
- Examination of the retina, optic nerve, and blood vessels.
- Possible dilation of the pupils to examine the peripheral portion of the retina.
- And other tests, if necessary.
Independent Medical Examination (IME)
An IME is often performed to assess injuries to the eye and their impact on vision. Depending on the specific situation, an Independent Medical Examination evaluates a variety of issues that may include causation, levels of impairment, and prognostic implications. A report is often generated shortly after an IME for use by counsel. Often an IME with relevent and accurate information can facilitate resolution of a case. IMEs may be scheduled here.
- Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) may used to assess the retinal nerve fiber layer. It is useful in cases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
- Pachymetry may be used to assess thickness of the cornea. It is useful in cases of corneal edema and the determination of candidacy for lasik surgery.
- Visual Field Perimetry testing is used to determine the extent of side and central vision. This test can be affected by a patient’s attention span, level of fatigue, and ability to concentrate and follow directions.
- Ocular Photography is useful for documenting lesions of the front or back of the eye.
- Slit Lamp Examination
- B-Scan Ultrasound
- Fundus Photography