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Vision and Eye Health Examinations



"Personalized Eye Care" is our office motto and it starts with the examination.
First, our doctors gather information about the visual demands of your occupation and leisure time activities. Next, information about each patient's general health and family eye history is gathered to help the doctor evaluate the potential for eye diseases.
Now the doctors can tailor the examination to meet your unique needs. The refraction is performed to determine your spectacle prescription by both objective and subjective methods. Tests of focusing and two-eye coordination will determine if your visual skills are sufficient to allow you to see comfortably and clearly in your daily activities. Your eye health is thoroughly checked and if you have an increased risk of eye disease, or are new to our office, an examination will include dilating your eyes. For established patients, our doctors usually dilate every two years, unless more frequent dilation is medically required.


What is a dilated eye exam? This procedure temporarily enlarges the pupil (the black center of the eye) with eye drops to allow the eye doctor to assess the health of the eye's lens, retina and optic nerve. If you are new to our office, or have diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts or other ocular conditions, your eyes will be dilated.

Will I be able to drive after dilation?
Most patients don't have problems driving afterwards, but near work can be difficult for a few hours after the dilation. Please remember to bring your sunglasses and a driver if you are worried about the effects of dilation on your vision.


At the conclusion of the examination, our doctors will sum up the findings and make recommendations regarding your eye health, contact lenses, spectacles, visual fitness activities, or other recommendations as appropriate. Our job as your eye care provider is to give you the information you need to take good care of your eyes. We take that responsibility seriously by providing not only a thorough eye examination, but by helping you make good decisions about your eyewear and eye health care.


In summary, our routine vision examination includes:

* Refraction for spectacle prescription

* Two-eyed coordination check

* Focusing skills evaluation to derive prescription for computer and reading

* Eye health evaluation, including pressure check and pupil dilation

* Wellness Retinal Imaging (a separate fee applies in most cases)


What is Wellness Retinal Imaging? Wellness Retinal Imaging is a quick, painless, 2- dimensional photograph of the most important structures of the back of your eye, the retina. It helps our doctors detect diseases early, and provides a permanent and historical record of changes in your eye. Images can be compared side-by-side, year after year, to discover even subtle changes and help monitor your retinal health. You will review the images together with your doctor - the more you know about your eye health, the more likely you will understand and follow our doctor’s recommendations for prevention, and/or treatment.



Infant and Children Examinations


An InfantSEE® assessment between six and 12 months of age is recommended to determine if an infant is at risk for eye or vision disorders. Since many eye problems arise from conditions that can be identified by an eye doctor in the infant's first year of life, a parent can give an infant a great gift by seeking an InfantSEE® assessment in addition to the wellness evaluation of the eyes that is done by a pediatrician or family practice doctor.


One in every 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed eye and vision problems, yet only 13 percent of mothers with children younger than 2 years of age said they had taken their babies to see an eye and vision care professional for a regular check-up or well-care visit. Moreover, many children at risk for eye and vision problems are not being identified at an early age, when many of those problems might be prevented or more easily corrected.


Early intervention is critical to successful and cost-effective treatment. Despite the nation's present system of preschool vision screening, there exists a lack of understanding by the public of the importance of periodic professional eye and vision assessments. Unfortunately, during the course of their young lives, most children probably never see an eye care practitioner who can provide the kind of professional eye assessment necessary to identify critical eye and vision problems at an early stage, explain those conditions to parents, and provide the care necessary to correct those problems.




The American Optometric Association recommends eye exams at:
* 6 months of age
* 3 years of age
* Before first grade and every one year thereafter

Children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many barriers in life ... academically ... socially ... and athletically. High-quality eye care can break down these barriers and help enable your children to reach their highest potential.


Vision doesn't just happen. A child's brain learns how to use eyes to see, just like it learns how to use legs to walk or a mouth to form words. The longer a vision problem goes undiagnosed and untreated, the more a child's brain learns to accommodate the vision problem.


That's why a comprehensive annual eye examination is so important for children, just like going to the pediatrician and to the dentist. Early detection and treatment provide the very best opportunity to correct vision problems, so your child can learn to see clearly. Eighty percent of all learning is performed through vision. Make sure your child has the best possible tools to learn successfully.



Computer Vision Syndrome Evaluations

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is caused by the eye constantly focusing and re-focusing on the characters on a computer screen. As a result, you may experience a variety of uncomfortable symptoms such as:


Loss of Focus, Blurred Vision

Shoulder and Back Aches, Wrist Pain

Eyestrain, Burning and Tired Eyes

Blurred Vision

Dry Eyes

Sitting at a computer generally causes a person to look straight ahead for long stretches, work in a dry office or home environment, and to blink less often. These factors can lead to vision problems. Additionally, computer use requires specific vision skills, which add further demands to the visual system and contribute to eye and vision discomfort.

If you think you may be suffering from CVS, call our office and make an appointment today! With a comprehensive eye examination and a few questions about your computer work habits, we can accurately determine if you are suffering from computer vision syndrome. Find out why your reading glasses don't work and how to minimize headaches, eyestrain and blurry vision with specialized computer eyeglasses.