Eye Exams

Eye Exam
History of the Eye Clinic of Vero & Optical Boutique

Eye Clinic of Vero was formally the practice of Dr. Edward Rusnak who established business in 1964. He maintained a thriving practice up until the year of 2002 when Dr. Joyce Desrosiers took over and re-established it as Eye Clinic of Vero & Optical Boutique. Originally the business was located between the two plazas. In 2004, the clinic moved to the front of the Miracle Mile Plaza and brought in exclusive lines of frames that many people were then traveling to obtain. The practice became the first Exclusive High-End Optical Boutique in Vero Beach.

When the Eye Clinic of Vero & Optical Boutique outgrew its location again it moved right next door to greatly expand for patient and customer comfort. The move of the clinic established its atmosphere to resemble the French Quarters in New Orleans.  Not only did it allow room for more eyewear, but it created a whole new shopping experience for its clientele. This has brought together fine eyewear and great service in an exclusively unique atmosphere.

Insurance & Payments

We accept Medicare, BC/BS, VSP (Vision Service Plan), VCP (Vision Care Plan aka Comp Benefits), 20/20, and EyeMed insurance plans.

Payments can be made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and YES even cash!

Be prepared for your appointment
Please be sure to bring:

  • a list of your medications
  • a list of any surgeries or ilnesses you’ve had
  • family history of diseases
  • ocular history of yourself and your family
  • your glasses
  • wear your contact lenses in and bring along their specifications
Plan on getting your eyes dilated?

  • Dilation lasts about 3-4 hours.
  • Most people can drive home without any difficulties.
  • We will give you dark glasses to drive home with.
  • Only close-up vision will be affected.
  • If you are being fitted for contact lenses, your dilated appointment may be on a different day.
Appointment Request

Please allow one week for appointments.
About Eye & Vision Exams

Periodic eye exams are an important part of preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no signs or symptoms and therefore individuals are often unaware that problems exist. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important for maintaining good vision and preventing vision loss.

A complete eye exam may include, but is not limited to, the following tests:

Patient HistoryVisual AcuityRefractionEye Health Evaluation
For a patient history we will need a list of medications taken and occupational or environmental conditions that may be affecting vision. The doctor or her staff will ask about any eye or vision problems you may be having and about your overall health. You will also be asked about any previous eye or health conditions of you and your family members.
Visual acuity measurements evaluate how clearly each eye is seeing. During testing, you are asked to read letters on distance and near reading charts.

When testing distance vision, the top number in the fraction is the distance at which testing is done, twenty feet. The bottom number is the size of the letter you were able to read. A person with 20/40 vision would have to be at 20 feet in order to see what should be seen at 40 feet. Normal distance visual acuity is 20/20.
Visual Acuity

A refraction is done using a phoropter to determine the prescription needed to compensate for any refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism). Some preliminary testing may be done using an automated refractor (computer) that evaluates your prescription first and then is refined by the doctor using the phoropter.
External examination of the eye includes evaluation of the cornea, eyelids, conjunctiva and surrounding eye tissue using bright light and magnification.

Evaluation of the lens, retina and posterior section of the eye may be done through a dilated pupil to provide a better view of the internal structures of the eye.

Measurement of pressure within the eye (tonometry) is performed. Normal eye pressures range from 10 to 21 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), averaging about 14 to 16 mm Hg. Today we now know that measuring the eye pressure is only one part of checking for glaucoma. The optic nerve must be evaluated too. We now know that the corneal thickness influences the measurements and if any part of this evaluation is suspect for glaucoma you will be referred for further testing by an Ophthalmologist.

If you have questions regarding any eye or vision conditions diagnosed, or treatment recommended, don’t hesitate to ask for additional information or explanation from the doctor.

Acuity Chart

There are three types of eye health practitioners:

An optometrist is a health care professional who is licensed to provide primary eye care services:

  • to examine and diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal diseases and, in certain states in the U.S., to treat them;
  • to diagnose related systemic (bodywide) conditions such as hypertension and diabetes that may affect the eyes;
  • to examine, diagnose and treat visual conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia; and
  • to prescribe glasses, contact lenses, low vision rehabilitation and medications as well as perform minor surgical procedures such as the removal of foreign bodies.

An optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry, an O.D. (not to be confused with a Doctor of Medicine, an M.D.). To become an optometrist, one must complete pre-professional undergraduate college education followed by 4 years of professional education in a college of optometry. Some optometrists also do a residency.

An optician is a technician who makes, verifies and delivers lenses, frames and other specially fabricated optical devices and/or contact lenses upon prescription to the intended wearer.

The opticians’ functions include prescription analysis and interpretation; determination of the lens forms best suited to the wearers needs; the preparation and delivery of work orders for the grinding of lenses and the fabrication of eye wear, the verification of the finished ophthalmic products; and the adjustment, replacement, REPAIR and reproduction of previously prepared ophthalmic lenses, frames and other specially fabricated ophthalmic devices.

An ophthalmologist is a physician (doctor of medicine, MD, or doctor of osteopathy, DO) who specializes in the medical and surgical care of the eyes and visual system and in the prevention of eye disease and injury.

An ophthalmologist has completed four or more years of college premedical education, four or more years of medical school, one year of internship and three or more years of specialized medical and surgical and refractive training and experience in eye care.

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