Comprehensive Eye Care Specialist

Matthew Kruger, M.D.

Ophthalmologist located in Denver, CO

Regularly scheduled eye exams are important for early detection of eye conditions as well as ensuring you see as clearly as possible in your daily routine. At the office of Matthew Kruger, MD, in Denver, patients of all ages expect the highest standard of vision care beginning with comprehensive eye exams. Dr. Kruger and his skilled team make your eye health and vision needs their top priority and use the latest diagnostic equipment and treatments available today. For excellence in eye care, state-of-the-art technology, and a caring, patient-centered environment, call to schedule an eye exam.

Comprehensive Eye Care Q & A

How often should I schedule an eye exam?

Your age, overall health, and vision condition determine how often you should have a comprehensive eye exam. If your eyes are healthy and you have no symptoms or vision problems, you should have your eyes checked as follows:

  • Every five years in your 20s and 30s
  • Every 2-4 years in your 40s and early 50s
  • Every 1-3 years from age 55-64
  • Every 1-2 years after age 65

However, if you have vision problems, you wear glasses or contacts, or you’re at risk of developing eye diseases, Dr. Kruger may recommend a comprehensive eye exam more frequently.

What happens during a comprehensive eye exam?

Depending on your age, health, and vision concerns, Dr. Kruger performs the following assessments:

  • Vision acuity (how clearly you can see without glasses or contacts)
  • Visual field (how far your peripheral vision extends)
  • Color vision
  • Retina health
  • Eye muscle movement
  • Refractive errors (how light passes through your cornea to your retina)
  • Overall health of your eyes, eyelids, eyelashes
  • Glaucoma risk
  • Signs of macular degeneration
  • Cataract screening

Additionally, if you desire contacts for the first time, or you want to update your prescription, you also need to have an exam that’s contact-lens-specific.

What can I expect during a retinal exam?

A retinal exam is typically the final part of your comprehensive eye exam. It begins with medication to dilate your pupils so Dr. Kruger can see through them into the structure of your eye, including your retina, optic nerve, and blood vessels. It can take up to 30 minutes until your pupils are fully dilated so he can examine your retina.

Dr. Kruger uses an instrument to send light into your eye so he has a clear view of the back of your retina and the optic nerve. This is a crucial part of your eye exam as it allows Dr. Kruger to detect early signs of many different eye diseases. Early detection often means the ability to prevent or slow down the progression of certain conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration.

If it’s been a while since your last eye exam, or you need to update your glasses or contacts prescriptions, call the office to schedule an appointment.