Primary Vision Care

Complete eye care is more than just glasses or contact lenses. Your eye examination consists of various tests to evaluate the health of your eyes and to determine the best options to correct your visual needs. At North Raleigh Family Eye Care, we combine sophisticated computerized testing, exact visual testing with good-old-fashioned medical care.


We listen and care about your special needs and preferences and present to you various options and recommendations to solve your visual needs. We also utilize advanced instrumentation and techniques to evaluate the health of your eyes. The doctor will view inside your eye to check for cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases and evidence of diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Special testing may also be done to check for corneal distortion, astigmatism, dry eye disease, neurological diseases and glare.

The eye health evaluation involves a series of tests that allows us to compare clinical measurements with physical observations. There are 5 main evaluations that are involved in the testing sequence. This includes checking your eye pressure using an instrument called a tonometer, internal eye health evaluation using an instrument called the binocular indirect ophthalmoscope, visual fields analysis that tests your peripheral vision, external evaluation that uses the biomicroscope and retinal photography. These special tests allow the doctors to evaluate your total eye health status.

The tonometer for checking eye pressure is usually the one instrument that most patients remember It’s the test that uses a gentle puff of air that makes most people jump a little or surprises them. At North Raleigh Family Eye Care, we use other methods for checking your eye pressure. The eye pressure test is essential for gauging your risk factors for developing glaucoma.

The binocular indirect ophthalmoscope (or BIO) is one of the instruments we use to evaluate the inside of the eye. This amazing test allows us to directly view the internal structures of the eye in 3-dimension almost as if we are walking around inside your eye and looking around. The BIO is the funny looking instrument that the doctors strap onto their head and uses a special magnifying lens and bright focused light source. The BIO let’s the doctor make observations for glaucoma type changes, diabetic changes, retinal thinning, macular degeneration and blood pressure and cholesterol changes.

The biomicroscope is a special microscope and lighting system that allows the doctors to assess the front or anterior area of the eye. The doctors commonly use this instrument for evaluating cataract formation, corneal surface health, dry eye issues, lid infections and contact lens measurements. The visual fields analyzer is the test where you push the button when you see the flicker of light. This is a very sophisticated test that allows us to evaluate your nerve and retinal integrity in the peripheral areas of your vision. This is one of the best testing sequences that allow us the earliest detection of nerve change and possible disease process.