It’s normal and common to think you only need to go to the eye doctor if your vision is blurry or you have problems seeing. You may feel that a yearly eye exam is a waste of time or money, but yearly eye exams are important, and an easy way to protect your eyes and overall health. If you’re like most people, you take your vision for granted. However, anyone who’s experienced vision loss knows how precious good sight is.
Our goals are to keep you seeing your best, and to catch conditions before they turn into bigger problems. By looking at the retina through the pupil, we evaluate your blood vessels to help us learn more about your overall health. The retina is the only location in your body that can provide a clear view of your blood vessels without an operation. We look for signs of health conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. See our link to THE OPTOMAP.
In addition, during a normal examination we look for problems with visual efficiency. If you are experiencing headaches, eye fatigue, double or blurry vision, soreness, burning, squinting, or if you are avoiding visual tasks, your eyes are most likely not working together in an efficient manner. We can help fix these problems for you. If you wear glasses for nearsightedness, you probably remember how much better your world appeared when you got your first pair of glasses. Getting your eyes tested can help you see and feel better. Call us while you’re thinking about it, to schedule your annual appointment today.
Including Non-Dilated Digital Retinal Imaging and testing for:
Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the passages that allow fluid to drain out of the eye become clogged. This results in the building-up of fluids, which causes increased pressure inside the eye.
A cataract is a clouding or darkening that develops in the normally clear lens of the eye. This prevents the lens from properly focusing light on the retina, the back of the eye, resulting in a loss of vision.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of central vision loss among older people. It results from changes to the macula, a portion of the retina responsible for clear, sharp vision, which is located on the inside of the back of the eye.
The retina is a thin layer of light-sensitive nerve fibers and cells that covers the inside back lining of the eyeball. For the eye to see, light must pass through the lens of the eye and focus on the retina.
Ocular allergies are a major source of discomfort and annoyance. If you have been an ocular allergy sufferer, you may dread that part of the year when you begin to experience those red, itchy, watery eyes that occur each spring (or fall), or when you visit a friends’ home with pets in the house.
Dry eye affects millions of Americans and is most commonly a result of the natural aging process. As we age, we produce a smaller amount of tears to keep our eyes moist and comfortable. In addition, improper blinking, certain medications, a dry or windy climate, chemical burns, and general health problems such as arthritis can cause dry eyes.