Eyeglasses Exam Cape Coral

Whether or not you need eyeglasses or contact lenses, a regular comprehensive eye exam at Elmquist Eye Group in Cape Coral or Fort Myers can help you preserve your good vision for life.

Eyeglasses Exam Cape CoralElmquist Eye Group has been serving Southwest Florida for over two decades. E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, a board certified ophthalmologist, and his partner, Kate Wagner, OD and associate, Nina Burt, OD, who are board certified optometrists, provide a wide range of eye care services for everyone in your family, from children to seniors.

A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like reading an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.

Here are some of the tests you are likely to encounter during an eye exam at Elmquist Eye Group:


This test helps your eye doctor estimate the refractive error of your eyes (nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism) and your need for glasses. It tells your doctor what your eyeglasses prescription should be.

The lights in the room are dimmed and an instrument called a phoropter, which has wheels of different lenses on it, is placed in front of your eyes. You look through it at an eye chart or other object while your optometrist shows you a series of lens choices to determine which of them gives you the clearest vision.

Autorefractors and Aberrometers 

Your optometrist may also use an autorefractor or aberrometer to help determine your eyeglasses prescription. With these devices, you rest your chin and head on the instrument and look ahead at a pinpoint of light or other image.

The autorefractor evaluates the way images focus on your retina, where vision processing takes place. An aberrometer uses advanced wavefront technology to detect even the smallest vision errors based on the way light travels through your eye.

Slit-Lamp Examination

Your eye doctor may also use an instrument called a slit lamp to examine the health of your eyes. Also called a biomicroscope, the instrument is mounted on a table and has a chin and head rest, allowing you to rest comfortably while the doctor examines your eyes. It gives your doctor a highly magnified view of the structures of the eye, including the lens behind the pupil, so that he or she can thoroughly evaluate them for signs of infection or disease.

Pupil Dilation

Your comprehensive exam may also involve dilating your eyes. Medicated eye drops are used to enlarge your pupil so your doctor can get a better view of the internal structures in the back of your eye.

Dilation may temporarily cause blurry vision and light-sensitivity, and the effects can last for up to several hours. Therefore, we ask that you bring a friend or family member to drive you home after your examination.

At Elmquist Eye Group in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, we provide your entire family with thorough eyeglasses exams using some of the most advanced ophthalmic instruments currently available. Call us at (239) 936-2020 to schedule an eye appointment and get the high-quality care you deserve.