At Ortho-K Specialty, we offer comprehensive vision exams for our patients. These exams are thorough and ensure we completely understand your needs and can accurately prescribe a vision solution for you. 

What to Expect

We will begin your comprehensive vision exam by taking a full patient history. Many eye and vision-related problems can be tied to other health conditions, so you should include not only your vision history but pertinent medical history as well, including conditions that run in your family.

Next, we will discuss any symptoms or problems you are experiencing. Your optometrist will use this information to get to the root of what’s causing the problem, as well as to determine if any additional tests are needed. 

After we’ve gone over your history and symptoms, we will begin the preliminary testing of the following: 

  • Visual acuity
  • Depth perception 
  • Color vision
  • Peripheral vision
  • Eye muscle movements
  • Neurological responses
  • Eye pressure


Getting an optomap image is fast, painless and comfortable. Nothing touches your eye at any time. It is suitable for the whole family. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time (like looking through a keyhole) and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken.

Under normal circumstances, dilation drops might not be necessary, but your eye care practitioner will decide if your pupils need to be dilated depending on the health of your eyes. The image capture takes less than a half second and they are available immediately for you to see your own retina.

The benefits of having an optomap ultra-widefield retinal image taken are:

– Optomap facilitates early protection from vision impairment or blindness

– Early detection of life-threatening diseases like cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease

The unique optomap ultra-widefield view helps your eye care practitioner detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams.

Early detection means successful treatments can be administered and reduces the risk to your sight and health.

Once these portions of the comprehensive vision exam are complete, the doctor will move on to refraction, which is how your lens prescription is determined. At this time, we will also evaluate how well your eyes focus, move, and work together. 

One of the final steps is to evaluate your overall eye health. We may cover things such as dry eyes, exposure to blue light, contact lens habits, and more. 

Lastly, if the doctor feels there are any additional tests you need based on your medical history or the findings of the comprehensive exam, those will be completed. If needed, you may be referred to an appropriate specialist for further testing and treatment. 

If you have any questions about comprehensive vision exams or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (646) 798-7140!