COMPREHENSIVE VISION AND EYE HEALTH EVALUATION
– Remember Your Annual Eye Exam
During a comprehensive vision and eye health evaluation at Goodrich Optical, you will find our care is not only personal and caring, but very technologically driven and state-of the art. A simple eye test can do more than assess your sight. It could save your life. Warning signs for a range of life-threatening illnesses can be detected in the inner workings of the eye. So a trip to the eye doctor could save more than your sight.
During your visit, we will take the time to make sure you receive the utmost in care, which can include:
- A complete review of your medical and family history
- Binocular and Color Vision Testing – As a part of every comprehensive vision and eye health evaluation, we test how your eyes work together (Binocularity), your depth perception, and if you have any color vision deficiency. These tests can give us insight into how better to treat any visual disorder that may exist.
- Frequency Doubling Technology Visual Fields – We evaluate peripheral vision using state-of-the art frequency doubling technology. This technology has been shown to uncover changes earlier as they relate to glaucoma, macular degeneration, and even stroke.
- Neurological Screening/Evaluation – We evaluate 4 of your 12 cranial nerves that relate to the eye and vision as a routine part of our examination.
- Visual Acuities – We evaluate how well you are seeing currently to help uncover any deficiencies we may be able to improve.
- Refraction – This part of testing allows us to refine your vision to give you the highest quality vision possible. Utilizing the phoropter, an instrument with thousands of possible lens combinations, our doctor will find the best combination possible for you.
- Near Vision Testing – During this portion of the examination, the Doctor will address any specific needs or challenges in your visual environment and personalize the correction needed to improve your efficiency and reduce any ocular fatigue symptoms you may be experiencing with your activities up close.
- Biomicroscopy – The biomicroscope (or slit lamp) allows us to microscopically evaluate all of the structures of the eye and orbit to rule out the presence of disease that may need treatment or further evaluation.
- Tonometry – We access the pressure of your eyes utilizing the gold-standard of measurement, the Goldmann tonometer. No uncomfortable puffs. Increased pressure within the eye is associated with many types of glaucoma, which we can manage and treat as a part of our medical Eyecare practice.
- Ophthalmoscopy – Our doctor utilizes many methods of evaluating the back of the eye (the vitreous and retina). In most cases using a method called indirect ophthalmoscopy which gives us a three dimensional view of the posterior areas of your eye. Here, we can uncover changes to the Retina that can indicate the presence of diabetes, high blood pressure, tumors, cancer and more. These changes often cause no pain or have any affect on your vision until it’s too late. This is an important reason to have your Comprehensive Vision and Eye Health Evaluation done annually.
- Visioffice Vision Analysis – We utilize state of the art technology to not only evaluate the visual system, but to allow us to uncover other aberrations. This very precise refractive data can then be exactly placed in our patient’s glasses by utilizing the Visioffice technology seen below. This technology measures the distance between our patients’ eyes to the tenth of a millimeter, the wrap and pantoscopic tilt of the frame to the degree, and allows us to precisely place your individualized lens data into your frame. This allows the best possible vision outcomes for our patients!
Periodic eye and vision examinations are an important part of your preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important for maintaining good vision and eye health. We at Goodrich Optical stand behind our mission of providing ‘Quality Eyecare with a Fashionable Flair’ by providing the highest level of service and care to our patients, and keeping your visual welfare uppermost in our minds at all times. Comprehensive Vision and Eye Health Evaluation done annually allow us to do just that.
When should you get an eye exam?
Since we’re all different, it is important to follow the advice of your eye doctor. Typically, a comprehensive eye exam every 1-2 years will ensure that your eyes stay healthy and your vision remains sharp. If you have a medical condition like diabetes or M.S., previous eye trauma or surgery, or a family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration, your vision should be checked more frequently.
Signs You Need To See Your Eye Doctor
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should schedule an eye exam as soon as possible, and in some cases, medical attention is required.
- Sudden Blurry Vision or Problems Focusing- Sudden blurry vision or problems focusing can be a sign of a larger health issue and should always be taken seriously. If the blurry vision comes and goes, or is limited to one eye, you should schedule an exam as soon as possible.
- Visual disturbances such as floaters, flashes of light, or obstruction of vision- Sudden onset of any of these could be a sign of a serious, vision-threatening disorder such as a retinal detachment, retinal tear, or retinal hole. Anyone who experiences these signs must seek immediate (within 24 hours, or sooner) medical attention. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can minimize vision loss.
- Gradual Blurring of Vision- This is the type of vision degradation that gradually happens over time. If you are noticing that you’re moving a book or the computer screen further away from your eyes than you use to to improve clarity, it’s probably time to get an eye exam. Same goes if you notice yourself sitting closer to the television or bringing objects closer to you to read them.
- Headaches- Headaches can be a sign of a vision problem. Changes in vision take place slowly and are often imperceptible to the patient at first. However, headaches can be one of the early warning signs of a change in vision. If you are experiencing recurring headaches, you may want to consider getting your eyes checked.
- Eye Pain or Eye Fatigue/Strain- Some infrequent eye pain or eye strain isn’t usually a big problem. Everything from the amount of sleep your getting to seasonal allergies, cold or flu can cause temporary eye pain or fatigue. However, ongoing eye pain, (more than a few days), or ongoing pain with eye movements, are good things to have checked out. It could be a sign of an eye infection or more serious health condition, or even a warning sign that your vision has changed.
- Squinting- Frequent squinting is the quintessential sign it’s probably time for an eye exam. We squint when we’re having difficulties seeing because the act of squinting reduces extraneous light entering the eye and reduces light scattering, improving vision. In children, squinting is often the first sign they may need eyeglasses. In addition, squinting coupled with an eye turn, more commonly called a “lazy eye”, is a definite red flag that a comprehensive vision exam is in order. This is especially true in children, and if not detected and treated early, permanent vision loss may result.
- Sensitivity to Light- Light sensitivity can be a symptom of a number of disorders or eye diseases (as well as an eye infection). So if you find yourself experiencing light sensitivity, see your eye doctor.
- An Eye Infection- Swelling of the eyelids, itchiness, redness, a pink discoloration of the whites of your eyes, and/or discharge, may be signs of an eye infection.
If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an eye exam immediately to have it looked at.
Natural changes in the eyes, associated with aging, make more frequent eye exams necessary as we age. Especially if you haven’t had one in a few years. If you are between the ages of 20 and 40, an eye exam is an important part of maintaining your vision and overall health. Eye exams can often reveal developing health issues that aren’t easily found even with a physical by a family doctor. Children may require eye exams every year or sooner, as their vision changes rapidly with growth. A typical eye exam takes less than an hour.
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