Eye exams are extremely important! Annual eye exams can detect many other serious health problems. During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor can observe and evaluate the health and condition of the blood vessels in your retina, which is a good predictor of the health of blood vessels throughout your body.
What to Expect
You’ll be asked about your medical history and any vision problems that you might be experiencing. Your eye doctor measures your visual acuity to see if you need glasses or contact lenses to improve your vision. State of the Art retinal screenings are inclusive to our eye exams.
Optomap Retinal Screening
Frequently Asked Questions
How often do I need an eye exam?
The health of your eyes can change frequently, so our doctors recommend an eye exam every year. If you wear contact lenses, an annual eye exam is required to renew your contact lens prescription. More frequent checkups may be needed for certain health conditions, such as diabetes, or other eye diseases.
What does it mean to have 20/20 vision?
The term 20/20 refers to the sharpness of your vision. The first number refers to the distance between the patient and the eye chart. The second number refers to which line of the chart the patient can read. It is a measurement of how much a person can read when they are 20 feet away from the chart.
What is digital eye strain?
Digital eye strain is the discomfort many people commonly feel after looking at a digital screen for more than 2 hours at a time. Reducing overhead lighting to minimize glare, dimming your digital screens, keeping your screens at arm’s length, and taking frequent breaks can help to relax the eyes and reduce digital eye strain.
What is the Optos Daytona Retinal Imaging Camera?
Our Optos Daytona is the most advanced Optos camera available. It is able to take highly detailed, wide-field images of the retina, macula, and optic nerves, even without dilated pupils. Every patient in our office receives a free Optos screening with their eye exam. This instrument is highly beneficial in helping doctors to diagnose many eye conditions and diseases, such as retinal detachments and diabetes. Examples are shown in the images below.
What is the Zeiss Atlas Corneal Topographer?
Our Atlas Topographer computes point by point data of the surface curvature of the eye. This data is used to match the ideal contact lens to each individual eye. It is vital for following corneal diseases, such as keratoconus, and fitting speciality contact lenses. Examples are shown in the images below.
What are eye floaters & should I be concerned?
Many people may see small dark spots or cobwebs “float” through in their vision. These are protein fibers that clump together. They are very common and most people will experience them at some point in their life. One or two floaters can be normal. However, if you begin to see them more frequently or in larger numbers, or begin to see flashes of light or a dark curtain covering your vision, you need to see an optometrist right away.
Are there things I can do to prevent dry eye?
There are nutritional supplements, such as Omega 3’s (fish oil), that can be very helpful to dry eye prevention. Staying hydrated is always beneficial to your overall health, as well as the health of your eyes. If you still struggle with dry eye, over-the-counter rewetting drops, such as Systane, can also be relieving.
Is it necessary for the doctor to dilate my pupils during the exam?
Pupil dilation is not always necessary. However, the doctor may make this decision during your exam. Dilation allows the doctor a much better view of your retina to thoroughly examine your eyes. Dilation is also beneficial in detecting diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and macular degeneration.
What is the Zeiss Cirrus Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)?
Our Cirrus OCT takes cross-sectional images of the retina, macula, and optic nerve. This instrument allows us to view each layer of the eye, giving doctors an in-depth look at eye diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Examples are shown in the images below.
The most common vision problems and eye conditions that will make you feel you need glasses (or a change to your current eyeglass prescription) include:
There are things you can do to help keep your eyes healthy and make sure you are seeing your best:
Eat a healthy diet
MAintain a healthy weight
get regular exercise
wear protective eyewear
know your family history
Ready for an exam?
Follow these tips to get the most out of your eye exam: