Comprehensive Eye Exam

Eyecare MPLS: Stella Hennen, MD, MSPH -  - Ophthalmologist

Eyecare MPLS: Stella Hennen, MD, MSPH

Ophthalmologist & Glaucoma Specialist located in Uptown, Minneapolis, MN

A comprehensive eye exam at Eyecare MPLS in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the first step to taking good care of your eyes, now and for the rest of your life. Ophthalmologist Stella Hennen, MD, MSPH, offers state-of-the-art eye care while emphasizing a collaborative doctor-patient relationship for great outcomes. For prompt expert care, schedule an appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Comprehensive Eye Exam

Who needs comprehensive eye exams?

Everyone needs comprehensive eye exams as recommended by their ophthalmologist. A comprehensive eye exam helps you maintain eye health, avoid vision issues, and get early diagnosis of emerging eye problems. 

Some men and women think they don’t need eye exams if they don’t require vision correction. However, getting a new eyeglass or contact lens prescription is just a small part of your exam. 

Your eye health is equally vital, and a comprehensive eye exam is the best way to identify problems and get the care you need promptly.

What can I expect during a comprehensive eye exam?

Your comprehensive eye exam includes an external and internal eye exam. During an external eye exam, Dr. Hennen checks your iris, pupil, and eyelids carefully. 

During the internal exam, Dr. Hennen dilates your eyes, which opens the pupils to let her see all of your inner eye. She examines your retina, optic nerve, and other parts of your inner eye closely under high magnification. 

Dr. Hennen assesses your risk for glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic eye disease, and other conditions, and she may perform the following tests as needed.

  • Ultrasound biomicroscopy: analysis of the front third of your eye 
  • Spectral domain optical coherence tomography: high-speed retinal layer imaging 
  • Fundus photography: images of your inner eye
  • Eye pressure measurements

All comprehensive eye exams include a visual field test, which checks your central and side vision. Dr. Hennen also checks your visual acuity, eye teaming, focusing, and pupil response to light. She would be able to detect if you have myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, or presbyopia.

What is Myopia?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is the inability to see things clearly unless they're relatively close to your eyes, causing far-away objects to appear blurry.

What is Hyperopia?

Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is the eye condition that may cause nearby objects to appear blurry. Activities that require strong closeup vision such as reading or drawing may cause eye strain over long periods of time.

What is Astigmatism?

When the front surface of the eye or the lens is curved differently in one direction than the other, it is called astigmatism. A common symptom of astigmatism is blurry vision.

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a type of farsightedness that tends to develop over time. Eyes may slowly ability to focus actively on nearby objects.

If you need eyeglasses or contact lenses, Dr. Hennen provides your new prescription after the exam. She fits eyeglasses on-site, and if you need contact lens fitting, she can refer you to a local provider. 

What other kinds of eye exams are available?

Eyecare MPLS offers prompt, state-of-the-art eye care for all kinds of needs. A comprehensive eye exam every year (or as recommended) is important, but you might also need other specialized care. 

For that reason, Dr. Hennen performs customized exams, including Plaquenil® eye exams, exams to check the effects of other long-term medication use, and diabetic eye exams. She also offers emergency eye care.

At Eyecare MPLS, Dr. Hennen strongly believes in patient communication. She’s here to build a long-term partnership with you, allowing you to preserve and enhance your vision and eye health. Call the office or use online scheduling to book your comprehensive eye exam.

Disclaimer: This information is not comprehensive to cover all your ophthalmology needs. Call the office to book an appointment to discuss your condition with Dr. Hennen.

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