Eye Exams

Examination Services

Dr. Becker is a Minnesota-licensed optometrist. He is certified in therapeutics meaning he can treat infections related to the eye both with topical and oral medications. In his practice he performs exams for: general eye exams, contact lens fittings (specializing in soft lenses), red eyes and infections, dry eyes, foreign bodies, pre- and post-operative cataract and LASIK exams, glaucoma and macular degeneration, diabetic eye exams and many others. He will coordinate with your medical doctor to ensure seamless eye and medical care.

Special testing equipment includes:

  • OCT (state of the art Glaucoma and Macula monitoring)
    • OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography):  A high-tech instrument which captures an extremely precise scan of the eye.  OCT is the biggest technological breakthrough for eyecare examination in years.  This can measure retinal nerve fiber loss consistent with glaucoma to aid in early diagnosis and monitoring disease progression.  It can also see underneath the retina for early detection of macular degeneration, facilitating prompt treatment and helping to save eyesight.  It is also capable of many other things.
  • Retinal photography
    • This machine captures images of the retina to help identify and document changes with blood vessels consistent with high blood pressure and diabetes.  It can help monitor retinal lesions, tumors, scars and many other issues.
  • Visual Field testing
    • A computerized test to measure the overall entire field of vision.  It has the capability of identifying loss of vision from not only diseases affecting the eye itself, but also conditions of the central nervous system such as strokes, tumors, multiple sclerosis amongst others.
  • Corneal disease testing
    • We have instruments which capture detailed measurements of the cornea and help diagnose and monitor diseases such as keratoconus, Fuch’s Dystrophy, corneal degenerations, etc.
  • Autorefraction (allows computerized prescription measurement for infants to elderly!)
    • A computerized instrument which quickly and fairly accurately measures your vision prescription without the patient having to say a word!  We have multiple autorefractors here, each with their own purpose.  These come in especially handy for very young patients (infants and young toddlers) and other patients who may have difficulty due to physical or mental impairments that make the typical refraction hard or impossible.  A good old fashioned prescription measurement in the Doctor’s Chair is still the most accurate measure of your vision, though!
  • Cataracts
    • Are you concerned you may be developing cataracts?  Cataracts are a common aging condition of the eye where the lens (situated behind the pupil) starts to become cloudy or hazy. This causes blurring of vision and also problems with glare, making activities like night driving difficult or impossible. Luckily, cataract surgery has come a long way and is now considered routine. Long gone are the days that your cataracts “have to be ripe” before removal. In fact, cataract surgeons prefer to operate before the cataract gets to this point, as it makes surgery more difficult.

       

    • We are fortunate to have Dr. Tom Strinden from Bagan Strinden Vision in Fargo visit our office monthly to see our cataract referral patients. Dr. Strinden and his staff bring specialized equipment to our office on his monthly visits to make precise measurements of your eyes. This is to prepare for the actual surgical procedure which is done a month later. Most folks have him perform their cataract procedure here in town at Perham Health Hospital; however, some will have him do their surgery at his Fargo location.