What to Expect

A team consisting of clinical interns overseen by a licensed doctor of optometry will be performing your eye examination. The doctor will finalize any prescriptions which are necessary during your examination. There are two vital components to every exam:

  • Evaluation of vision
  • Evaluation of external and internal eye health

The vision portion of your exam will include an assessment of visual acuity (how well you are able to see), detailed testing of eye movements to detect any issues involving the alignment of your eyes, and the prescription of glasses (if necessary). A meticulous examination of the external anatomy of the eyes (including screening for eyelid and eye surface anomalies) will be followed by inspection of the internal components of the eyes. During this portion of the examination you and your doctor will determine if you should be dilated. Most exams are conducted with the patient being dilated as this allows the clinical intern and doctor a better view inside your eyes. A dilated examination is necessary for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, and those at risk for certain eye conditions. Due to the thoroughness of the exam and the nature of an educational environment, patients can expect their appointment to last at least 2 hours.

We request that you arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment. If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment time or date please call in advance so our staff may reschedule your examination.

Upon arrival please have the following items:

  • Medical and vision insurance cards.
  • List of all medications you are currently taking including over the counter eye drops or medication.
  • Current glasses, contact lenses, or low vision devices.
  • List of any current medical conditions or health problems.
  • Contact information for your current physician.
          - If this appointment is a referral please bring a copy of your referral letter.

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Optometry Clinical Program is to provide exemplary vision care to the population of San Antonio and South Texas that advances the local and global community, public welfare, and common good.

The perspective our students are taught is to evaluate each individual as a whole person. Although our primary focus is on evaluating the vision and ocular health, our trained experts understand that health of the mind and body are equally important to the well-being of every individual. At the UIW Eye Institute, every patient will experience an in-depth comprehensive eye exam that highlights the value of their overall health while concentrating on the intricate and often complex visual and ocular system.

At the UIW Eye Institute, we are committed to providing the finest quality eye care. Our philosophy is that every patient should have access to eye care, regardless of social status or financial means. Here at the UIW Eye Institute, a variety of insurance plans are accepted and income sensitive plans are offered in order to ensure that each patient receives care well above and beyond minimum standards. Our services are not free and care shall be extended to all who are in need, provided all necessary documentation is in order. In the spirit of the values perpetuated by the University of the Incarnate Word, we welcome all people to come and experience exceptional eye care.

Primary Eye Care

The Primary Care service provides care to patients 12 years of age and older. A comprehensive eye examination will evaluate common refractive conditions such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. In addition, a complete assessment of the external and internal eye health is performed. A thorough eye examination can often detect early stages of general health disorders such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even brain tumors.

Pediatric Eye Care

The Pediatric Care service provides care to patients ages 12 and under, and utilizes specialized techniques to provide comprehensive eye examinations to infants, pre-school and school-aged children.

The American Optometric Association recommends that all children have a comprehensive eye examination by:

  • the age of 6 months
  • at 3 years
  • before entering first grade
  • thereafter per optometrist recommendation (not less than every 2 years)

Healthy vision is necessary to every child's development and well-being. The early diagnosis and treatment of vision disorders is essential for proper development of the visual system, and successful treatment of any visual anomalies can be obtained more rapidly with early detection.

Our Vision Therapy Service evaluates and treats patients with ocular alignment issues such as strabismus (eye turn), amblyopia (lazy eye), and other eye coordination issues. Binocular vision (eye coordination) problems can cause headaches, eye strain, double vision, decreased athletic ability, and reduced concentration. Vision therapy is individually prescribed and monitored by an eye care professional.

Optical Service

The Optical Service at the Eye and Vision Care Clinic can provide same-day service on most single vision prescription lenses. We also have excellent local lab service from Paragon Lab here in San Antonio, so there is a fast turnaround on all other eyeglass orders.

The Optical Service offers a wide range of high-quality frame choices for your eyeglasses. We have frames available for the budget-conscious consumer, as well as for those who are interested in the latest European fashions. Frame lines include Calvin Klien, Coach, Fendi, IZod, Nike, Nautica, Cole Haan, Vogue, BCBG, DVF, Michael Kors, Lacoste, Bebe, OP, Perry Ellis, Gant, Cosmo, Jill Stuart, Candies, EA, C Deneuve, Cadillac, New Balance and for children Disney, Scooby Doo, Fisher Price and sports glasses by Rec Specs.

We accept Visa and Mastercard. We are also in-network providers for Davis Vision and VSP vision care plans.

The hours for our Optical Service are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday.