Eye exams in West Madison, WI
Visit our West Madison location for comprehensive eye care for children, adults & patients with special needs. New patients are always welcome.
What happens during an eye exam?
Your overall health, previous visits, and current symptoms will determine the specific tests included in your next eye exam. In general, a comprehensive adult eye exam may include:
This includes any vision symptoms, eye injuries, medications, or family history of diseases like diabetes or hypertension. Your doctor may also ask about your workplace and routines to screen for environmental conditions affecting your eyes.
Eye charts are used to measure visual acuity at near and far distances. Other tests measure depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision, eye muscle function, and how pupils respond to light.
While you look through a series of different lenses, your eye doctor measures how the lenses focus light. You participate by saying which one of two options gives you clearer vision. This lets your eye doctor refine the lens power you need to properly correct vision problems including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
A circle of light is focused on the cornea (the clear outer part of your eye) and its reflection is measured. This lets your optometrist measure the outer contour to measure astigmatism and get the right fit for contact lenses.
Tonometry is a test to measure your eye pressure. Eyes are continually producing clear fluid that flows into your eyes and drains out. If there’s a problem with drainage, pressure can build up and damage the optic nerve (causing glaucoma). In this test, an instrument releases a small puff of air as a sensor measures the corresponding indentation on the eye’s surface.
Eye movement tests
Your eye doctor may perform tests to assess how well your eyes are able to change focus and move/work in unison (eye teaming). Evaluating how your eyes move can let your optometrist identify problems compromising your focus or binocular vision.
Eye drops are used to dilate the pupils, which gives your doctor a better view of your retina, optic nerve, and other internal eye structures. Optomap® dilation-free retinal imaging allows your doctor to conduct a comprehensive retinal exam with no dilating drops needed (not available at all locations*).
Contact lens exams
If you wear or want to start wearing contact lenses, you’ll need a contact lens exam and fitting as well as a standard eye exam. A contact lens exam includes special tests to measure your pupil and iris, map your cornea, and evaluate your tear film. Contact lens wearers also have their eyes checked for any damage or changes contact lens use may have caused.
Optomap® Eye Exams
*Eye exams with Optomap® retinal imaging are available at the following locations: Elm Grove, Milwaukee (Layton Ave), Franklin, Greenfield, Pewaukee, Racine (Douglas Ave), Janesville, Madison (Odana Ave), and Appleton.
How Often Do I Need My Eyes Checked?
The American Optometric Association recommends the following guidelines for people with no signs of eye or vision problems:
|6 - 24 MONTHS||First exam at 6 months*|
|2 - 5 YEARS||At age 3, and again before starting 5k|
|6 - 18 YEARS||Once a year|
|19 - 60 YEARS||Every 1-2 years or as recommended by doctor|
|60+ YEARS||Once a year|
*For children younger than 3, please contact us for a referral
If any of the following are true, please schedule an eye exam right away:
- Your last eye exam was over 2 years ago
- You use computers, phones or other digital screens for extended periods of time
- You occasionally experience headaches that blur your vision
- You experience an increase in ‘floaters,’ spots or bright flashes
- You experience chronic pain, redness, dryness, itching, discharge, or irritated skin around the eyes
- You’ve received an injury to the eye or eye area
Personalized eye exams & optometry care
Eye exams at Wisconsin Vision in West Madison combine state-of-the-art equipment with caring, experienced eye doctors. During your eye exam, we’ll explain the procedures, answer your questions and recommend personalized vision solutions based on the results.
Eye exam services include:
- Visual acuity tests
- Examination of external & internal eye structure
- Optomap® retinal imaging
- Glaucoma & cataract screenings
- Diabetic retinopathy screenings
- Treatments for eye infections, injuries, allergies, dry eyes & digital eye strain
- Preventative care for eye health disorders
- Contact lens fittings
General health concerns including high blood pressure, diabetes, and side effects from medications can affect the health of your eyes. Regular eye exams protect your vision and prevent complications down the road. When in doubt, get your eyes checked!
Eye exams for kids
We provide affordable eye exams for toddlers and children ages 3 & up (for infants or toddlers under 3 please contact us for a referral).
Back to school eye exams on the west side of Madison
State law requires all Wisconsin schools to request children have a comprehensive eye exam from an optometrist or ophthalmologist before starting kindergarten. The same law also requires optometrists and doctors to work to reduce or waive the cost of childhood eye exams for parents who might have difficulty paying.
Eye exams for seniors
Older adults are at a higher risk of vision loss and some eye diseases. Comprehensive eye exams help detect problems early so they can be treated sooner. Our optometrists provide affordable eye exams for seniors and take Medicare Part B for vision care.
Using insurancefor an eye exam
Wisconsin Vision in West Madison accepts most vision plans including VSP. Your vision insurance covers routine eye exams and may pay for part of your eyeglasses or contact lenses if needed. Flexible spending accounts can be used to pay for eye exams and eyewear.
If you have a medical condition affecting your eye health (such as pink eye, glaucoma, or macular degeneration) your medical insurance may also be billed. We’re happy to do an insurance check and explain your benefits.
Learn more about eye exam insurance coverage at West Madison's Wisconsin Vision.
No insurancefor an eye exam
Many of our patients don’t have vision insurance and are still able to afford regular comprehensive eye exams. We’ll always explain your best options, with or without insurance. You can also use CareCredit for eye exams and eyewear at all Wisconsin vision locations, with interest-free financing for up to a year.
We offer special pricing on eye exams without insurance.
Learn more about eye exams without insurance coverage at West Madison's WI Vision.
Eye Exam Frequently Asked Questions
What is included in a standard eye exam from Wisconsin Vision?
Our affordable eye exams include eye health assessment, vision testing and prescription updates for glasses or contacts. Contact our Madison West store today for details about eye exam pricing.
Are walk-ins accepted at the Madison West location?
Walk-ins are dependent on the number of scheduled appointments there are at the time. Scheduling an appointment online is the best way to ensure you meet with an eye doctor the same day you come in.
If my child is not complaining about their eyesight, do they still need a kid’s eye exam?
Keeping routine eye exams is important for kids, even if they never complain about their vision. Sometimes, kids don’t realize or have the ability to explain when they are having trouble seeing. When vision problems are detected earlier, treatment becomes much more effective. Contact us today to learn more about our pediatric eye exams.
What are the most common side effects of eye dilation?
Some of the side effects of dilating drops include: blurry vision, light sensitivity and enlargement of the pupil. These can last between 4-6 hours, depending on the type and concentration of drops used. This can be done during a pediatric exam, so contact our eye center if you have any questions about the side effects for your child.
Does Wisconsin Vision’s Madison West location offer Telehealth services?
We are working on implementing Telehealth capabilities at all our Wisconsin Vision locations. Unfortunately, our Madison West location does not yet offer Telehealth eye exams.