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Eye Examinations Specialist

Mark Golden, MD, FACS -  - Ophthalmologist

Doctors For Visual Freedom

Mark Golden, MD, FACS

Ophthalmologist located in Streeterville, Chicago, IL

Eye examinations are the foundation of good eye health and a need that should never be overlooked. For residents in and around the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, ophthalmologist Mark Golden, MD, and the team at Doctors For Visual Freedom are a great resource for thorough eye exams. If you're overdue for an eye examination, call the office to set up a visit, or spend a few moments on the online booking page to find a time that fits your busy schedule.

Eye Examinations Q&A

Why are eye exams so important?

A professional eye examination is more than just a check of your vision; it can also help identify serious eye health conditions in the early stages when treatment is often most effective. Far too many people wait to see an eye doctor until an emergency arises or they begin to experience vision problems. 

It should also be noted that there are certain medical conditions that create symptoms in your eyes. It is not uncommon for your eye exam to reveal things about your overall health that should prompt a visit to your primary care team, just as your primary care provider might identify eye health issues and suggest you come in for a thorough eye exam. 

What happens during an eye examination?

While each exam is tailored to your specific set of needs, there are many aspects that are common to most exams. 

During your visit, Dr. Golden will perform an external exam of your eyes, checking the white portions as well as the position and condition of your eyelids. He’ll also check to see how your pupils dilate when exposed to light. 

An eye chart is used to perform an initial assessment of your vision. This is the printed or projected eye chart most people are familiar with from movies, television, and childhood eye exams. You’ll be asked to read letters from the chart at various sizes.

A cover test involves identifying small objects located a distance away with one eye covered. This helps Dr. Golden determine if one eye is functioning better than the other. 

If you already wear eyeglasses or might need corrective lenses, a refraction test uses a device called a phoropter to check which type of corrective lens offers the greatest vision improvement. The results are used to create your customized eyeglass or contact lens prescription. 

Non-contact tonometry is a screening often referred to as the “puff-of-air” test. This exam checks the pressure within your eye and is a good way to diagnose glaucoma as early as possible. 

Additional tests that could be part of your eye exam include:

  • Pupil dilation test
  • Visual field test
  • Color Blindness test
  • Slit-lamp test
  • Stereopsis test
  • Alignment test

Don’t worry about which screening options will play a role in your eye exam. Dr. Golden selects the testing appropriate for your age and eye health, and he can perform additional screenings if he identifies potential areas of concern. 

When should I schedule an eye examination?

There is no bad time to book an eye exam. In fact, Doctors for Visual Freedom offers pediatric eye care, including exams to support healthy vision in children. 

If you have not yet had a professional eye exam, or if it has been many years since your last visit, call Doctors for Visual Freedom to set up an appointment. Of course, if you or a loved one experiences an urgent eye health need, call the office to learn more about emergency eye care services. 

Extended hours and walk-in visits are available to ensure you get the care you need to preserve healthy vision. Online booking is always an option for less time-sensitive booking needs.