Comprehensive Eye Care


Eye exams often include several tests and screening procedures, and at Woolf & Woolf, that also means a very comprehensive, holistic approach to your eye health and vision.

Here's what you can expect during your visit to Woolf & Woolf.

Pre-screening Tests

Our technicians will lead you through several pre-screening exams in order to determine a baseline of your overall eye health. These tests will include:

  • Optical Coherence Tomography: Using a state-of-the-art instrument, we will take a 3D scan of the back of your eye to assess the health of your retina and  optic nerve. We'll also detect early signs of macular degeneration, macular holes, pre-retinal membranes and macular swelling. During this test, you will sit in front of an instrument and look at a series of green and red lights. This test is painless, but we ask that you sit as still as possible while we scan each of your eyes.
  • Automatic Visual Acuity and Refraction Tests: We use computerized exam equipment to determine your ability to see near and far. During this test, you'll peer into an instrument and focus on a hot air balloon. This will automatically determine your baseline prescription and will take the guesswork out of "which is better, one or two."
  • Color Blindness Tests: We'll also ask you to look at a number of charts and describe what you see to learn whether or not your eye health is affecting your color vision.
  • Binocular Vision Tests: Using our high-tech equipment, we'll ask you to focus on objects that are at different depths in order to determine how well you can fixate on a target. 
  • Glaucoma Tests: This is the "puff" machine you're likely already familiar with. We'll ask you to place your chin on a chin rest, and a instrument will send a short puff of air towards your eye. Based on your eye's resistance to the air, the instrument will calculate your eye pressure and risk of glaucoma.

Doctor's Exam

Once your pre-screening tests are completed, you'll be seen by your eye doctor, who will assess your test results. He or she may then perform a number of additional tests and screenings during your exam:

  • Slit Lamp Exam: Your doctor will ask you to place your chin and forehead against a lighting instrument. The doctor will shine a bright light into your eye as she or he looks through a powerful set of oculars (similar to a microscope).
  • Visual Field Exam: Depending on your eye health, symptoms and other circumstances, your doctor may administer a visual field exam to detect possible blind spots or lack of side vision, which can be caused by brain damage, stroke or tumor.
  • Refraction: Your doctor will ask you to look through a phoropter, which is an instrument that shows you a series of lens choices as you read letters or numbers on a screen in front of you. Based on your answers, the doctor will continue to fine-tune the clarity of your vision in order to determine your prescription.

Instructions and Follow-Ups

Depending on your situation and the results of your exam, your doctor may prescribe medication, corrective lenses, vision theraphy, nutritional changes or other changes to your daily routine. She or he may request that you have a follow-up exam, or a visit to a specialist (such as a neurologist or retinal surgeon) may be necessary.

If your doctor has prescribed corrective lenses, you may fill your prescription for contact lenses or eyeglasses in our Optical Department.

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Pasadena & Greater Annapolis

2446 Mountain Road
Pasadena, MD 21122
Tel: 410-255-8056




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