Patient care services are open to the public. Appointments can be made by calling (231) 591-2020.
1124 S. State Street, MCO 101A
Big Rapids MI 49307
(231) 591-3991 (fax)
Comprehensive eye examinations are provided in the Primary Care Clinic. High quality optometric services are provided in a manner and with the skill that is consistent with the best interest of the patient. Our expert optometrists work directly with our students to provide routine eye exams and specialty exams for patients with eye disease. Our patients rank us over 95% in satisfaction with our services and care. We pride ourselves on providing patient centered care for your whole family.
Comprehensive eye examinations are provided in the Primary Care Clinic. High quality optometric services are provided in a manner and with the skill that is consistent with the best interest of the patient.
The goals of a comprehensive eye and vision examination are to:
A comprehensive history will be taken at your appointment to obtain specific information about your eye and vision status and important medical background information. During this initial component of the examination, the optometrist and student have the opportunity to identify and assess problem areas as well as become acquainted with you to establish a relationship of confidence and trust. The patient history includes:
Visual Acuity Measurement, to ascertain the clarity of the patient s vision or the ability of the visual system to resolve detail at all distances. A patient s visual acuity depends upon the accuracy of the retinal focus, the integrity of the eye s neural elements, and the interpretive faculty of the brain.
Preliminary Testing, to initially define the patient s visual function, ocular health, and related systemic health status. The preliminary tests include an assessment of ocular motility, binocular vision, and accommodation; the interrelationship of these functional aspects of vision is especially critical for clear, comfortable vision for reading and other close work. The following areas may be assessed:
Patients who present for a comprehensive examination may have an Optomap retinal exam completed. This cutting edge technology utilizes a scanning laser ophthalmoscope to record a 200 degree digital image of the retina so that any changes can be followed. The Optomap is an excellent educational tool since the digital image is available to the faculty doctor to more clearly explain any retinal changes to the patient. The Optomap represents a permanent digital documentation of each patient s retinal health.
Refraction, to determine the lens correction needed to provide optimal visual acuity for all viewing distances.? The refractive analysis may include:
Ocular Health Assessment and Systemic Health Screening, to contribute to the diagnosis of diseases and disorders that have ocular manifestations and to determine the impact of any systemic diseases on the eye and associated structures. It also includes assessment of the potential for ocular complications of medications used by the patient. Pharmacologic dilation of the pupil is generally required for thorough evaluation of the ocular media and posterior segment of the eye. The components of the ocular health assessment and systemic health screening may include:
Diagnosis and Treatment Plan, to assess and evaluate the data to establish a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan. The treatment plan could include a recommendation for new eyewear, cosmetic or therapeutic contact lenses for the correction of refractive error and presbyopia, or refractive surgery. Vision therapy or prismatic spectacle corrections could be recommended for eye muscle problems. Therapeutic pharmaceutical agents for topical use in the eye could also be included in the treatment plan. In some cases, referral for consultation with or treatment by another faculty optometrist, the patient s primary care physician, or another health care provider may be indicated.
Patient Education, to review and discuss examination outcomes. Patient counseling and education may include:
For further information on common vision and ocular conditions, please visit our Eye and Vision Information page.