Comprehensive Eye Exams
We perform comprehensive eye exams utilizing advanced technologies. This enables us to detect eye diseases before they affect your vision. Tests may include:
- Digital visual acuity test
- Digital eye pressure test to detect the presence of increased eye pressure, which is a risk factor for glaucoma
- Digital slit lamp examination of the eye structures
- Pupil dilation to look inside the eyes for eye disease
- Visual field test to check peripheral vision
- Other specialized tests, as needed
By taking time to fully analyze your vision and eye structures, and to collect a thorough history about your general health, we minimize future surprises. This is critical in our efforts to preserve your vision.
Glasses and Contact Lens Prescriptions
During a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Hennen may identify refractive errors that are restricting your vision. These may include nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. If you have a refractive error, Dr. Hennen will provide contact lens or glasses prescriptions to correct your vision.
Glaucoma Management and Surgery
See our Glaucoma page for further details on this critical eye disease.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases associated with progressive and characteristic damage to the optic nerve that can cause permanent vision loss. It is most typically associated with increased eye pressure due to buildup of fluid inside the eye. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide after cataracts. But unlike cataracts, damage caused by glaucoma is typically irreversible.
Certain segments of the population are more prone to develop glaucoma, including those of African-American, Irish, Russian, Japanese, Hispanic, Inuit and Scandinavian descent. Other risk factors include:
- Family history of glaucoma
- Eye trauma
- Chemical injury
- Eye infection or inflammation
- Previous eye surgeries
- Steroid medications
- Moderate to severe nearsightedness or farsightedness
Dr. Hennen has completed a glaucoma fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She has an extensive research background in imaging devices used for early glaucoma detection and evaluation of glaucoma progression. For complex and advanced cases of glaucoma, she uses medical, laser and surgical treatments, including:
- Trabeculectomy with Ologen
- Glaucoma shunts with Ologen
- iStent trabecular micro-bypass
- Gonioscopy-assisted transluminal trabeculotomy (GATT)
- Endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation
Further information on these procedures can be found on our Glaucoma page.
Dr. Hennen works closely with cataract patients to determine when cataract surgery is necessary. She helps patients understand which technologies are right for their unique eye anatomy, vision goals and budget. Cataract surgery and intraocular lens options include:
- Phacoemulsification cataract surgery
- Femtosecond laser cataract surgery
- Standard intraocular implants (for clear vision at distance)
- Multifocal intraocular implants (for clear vision for both distance and up close)
- Toric intraocular implants (to simultaneously treat astigmatism)
Diabetic Eye Care
Early diagnosis of diabetic vision complications allows for more successful treatment. Dr. Hennen is specially trained to provide:
- Diagnosis of diabetes-related ocular complications
- Cataract surgery for patients with diabetes
- Glaucoma treatment for patients with diabetes