A glance into an eye clinic (includes photo essay)

The photo gallery depicts the process and tools used to examine a patient’s vision. It shows how these tools help optometrists determine what prescription their patients need.

A specialist conducts an eye exam with a patient in the exam room.

These are some of the tools optometrists and eye specialists use for eye exams.

Binocular indirect ophthalmoscopes help shine light through the central hole of the eyes.

Optometrists use the applanation machine to evaluate patients during an eye exam. 

The white light is often used to look closer at the glands and make sure the cornea is not scratched.

      The eye pressure is evaluated in every visit to rule out the possibility of glaucoma disease.

The phoropter measures the eye’s refractive error to figure out the patient’s prescription.

The auto-refractor evaluates the patient’s refraction or prescription measurement automatically. 

Specialists use two monitors to document the patient’s visits.

A specialist communicates with the patient about eye care at home.

Alanna Aldana is a Honduran student at Florida International University who is passionate about using art and design to communicate with others. Aldana is a staff writer at FIU’s HerCampus, an online magazine, where she writes articles about fashion, lifestyle, and pop culture. She also joined the team at Strike magazine with the creative team as a graphic designer. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in graphic design and aspires to work as a designer or concept artist for video production companies or animation studios. Aldana will graduate from the Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media with a bachelor’s degree in digital and interactive media with a minor in art in Spring 2025.

Amina Rodriguez Eljuri is a bilingual journalist at Florida International University who aspires to work in the television and digital media industry. Rodriguez Eljuri’s passion for journalism started while watching her uncle create digital content for the Discovery Channel. She aspires to combine her multimedia skills and work behind or in front of the scenes for a news or entertainment channel. She also hopes to create content for multiple brands. Rodriguez Eljuri will graduate from the Lee Caplin School of Journalism with a bachelor’s degree in digital and interactive media in summer 2024.