Eye Exams Specialist

Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. -  - Optometrist

Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates

Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D.

OPTOMETRIST LOCATED IN FRANKFORT, BOURBONNAIS, & ELGIN, IL

Eye exams at the office of Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates are truly comprehensive exams that check both your eyesight and your eye health. The experienced team uses all the latest technology, including advanced retinal imaging, to evaluate your eyes so you can enjoy sharp vision and good eye health. There are three locations in Frankfort, Elgin, and Bourbonnais, Illinois. Call the office nearest you now.

Eye Exams Q & A

How do eye exams check my vision?

During your eye exams at Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates, the team evaluates your visual system in a variety of ways. 

The Jaeger eye chart tests near vision, while the Snellen eye chart checks your distance vision. If you have myopia (nearsightedness), you’ll probably read the Jaeger eye chart with ease, but struggle with the Snellen. 

With hyperopia (farsightedness), you’ll experience the opposite: the Snellen eye chart seems easy, but the Jaeger is hard to see. 

If you have myopia or hyperopia, the team uses a phoropter to test your vision using a variety of different lenses. This gives you the prescription you need for vision correction like eyeglasses or contacts. 

How do eye exams check my eye health?

The Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates team evaluates your eye health and checks for emerging eye disease in several ways. You can expect all of the following tests during your comprehensive eye exam.

Retinal exam

The Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates team examines your retina using Optos® ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging. This type of retinal imaging shows more than 80% of your retina in a single panoramic image. 

Slit-lamp exam

A slit-lamp, also called a biomicroscope, is a high-powered microscope that shows your inner and outer eye, including the lens, cornea, and optic nerve, in great detail. 

Tonometry 

Tonometry measures your inner-eye pressure. This is an important test because it can show the elevated intraocular pressure that’s often characteristic of glaucoma. 

Peripheral vision test

A peripheral vision test typically involves you focusing on a visual target with one eye covered, then describing what you can see to the side without changing your focus. Then, you repeat this test with the other eye. Peripheral vision problems can be a sign of optic nerve damage from glaucoma. 

The Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates team may also use a variety of other check-ups to protect your eye health.

What are diabetic eye exams?

Diabetic eye exams are tailored for problems associated with diabetes. This type of exam checks the parts of the eye often damaged by diabetes, including inner-eye blood vessels, your retina, and your optic nerve.

If you’re diagnosed with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes, it’s best to schedule a diabetic eye exam as soon as possible. This is important because diseases like diabetic retinopathy often don’t cause any symptoms in their beginning stages. 

Call the office of Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates nearest you to schedule your eye exam now.