At Family Vision Care, we provide full-scope, adult and pediatric, behavioral vision care. During your comprehensive vision examination, we check the health of your eyes, how clearly you see, as well as how the entire visual system is performing. To best meet your visual needs we offer all treatment options: glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, laser surgery co-management, medications for infections or referrals when necessary. The following are brief descriptions of different areas assessed in our comprehensive vision examination:
Visual Acuity Testing & Refraction
Did you know that vision is a dynamic process? Your vision is constantly changing and when you have a vision examination, it is like a snapshot in time. Fortunately, the questions your doctor will ask and our testing methods help us to understand how your vision is throughout the day. Your near and distant vision are assessed and the correct amount of lens power for best clarity of sight and comfort is determined.
Some lenses may be used to prevent further problems down the road. For instance, we may prescribe a stress relieving lenses to a child for nearwork when they are young to help prevent nearsightedness when they get older. Another example is to give an occupational lens to a patient who experiences fatigue and eyestrain from working on the computer all day.
Vision Performance Evaluation - Our Area of Expertise. Do your eyes aim, move and work as a coordinated team? Do they maintain clear vision at varying distances? And, do your eyes maintain accurate eye movement control and fixation?
Our comprehensive vision exam goes beyond 20/20
Because it is our goal to eliminate any visual obstacles that may hinder one from reaching their greatest potential, we routinely provide an expanded assessment of tracking, focusing and eye teaming skills to determine if your visual system is working at optimal efficiency.
Eighty percent of what we learn comes through the visual system. Problems with visual skills can affect ones performance in school, work or play. Visual deficiencies may cause an individual to slow down, be less accurate, experience excessive fatigue, or make errors.
Symptoms frequently associated with Visual Efficiency problems include:
- Loss of Place when Reading or Errors with copying
- Headaches when Performing Visual Work
- Poor Concentration or Decreased Attention
- Smart in Everything but School
- Poor Eye Hand Coordination or Hand Writing
Visual Information Processing Evaluation
We evaluate visual information processing skills and work closely with other professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, audiologists, speech and language pathologists, psychologists, teachers, and other medical professionals. In order to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your care, our evaluation will determine the extent of ones visual problems and the estimated duration of our recommended treatment program. We will identify strengths and weakness as they relate to vision in gross and fine motor, directionality, laterality, bilateral integration, visual-motor integration, visual memory, figure ground, vision perception, auditory perception and integration, visualization, reading and spelling and visual endurance. These perceptual processing skills are necessary to succeed in any learning or work environment.
Eye Health Testing Routine dilated examinations are an important and painless part of your annual visit. The pupil of the eye is like a window. Dilating the pupils allows the doctor to see the entire back of the eye to make sure it is healthy. Most eye diseases do not have painful or noticeable symptoms until it is too late. Early detection of serious eye diseases can prevent sight loss. However, we are aware that routine dilation does require an additional amount of time and can leave one feeling somewhat uncomfortable.
Therefore, Family Vision Care does feature an alternative, the Optomap Retinal Exam. The Optomap will produce the most comprehensive image of your retina, and allow us to perform a more thorough exam than was previously possible. The result is that we can better prevent or reduce vision loss in our patients with a simple, quick, and painless-patient-friendly new exam. As a result, you will not experience blurred vision or sensitivity to light following your eye exam. It is important to note however, that should any abnormalities be detected or if we cannot obtain an acceptable image, dilation may be necessary. Experience with this technology has already led to improved disease detection and has possibly prevented vision loss and blindness in several patients.
Here at Family Vision Care, we are dedicated to offering our patients the best eye care possible, and acquiring the tools to help us do so. We look forward to seeing you during your next visit - and providing the most comprehensive and advanced vision care available. To find out more about the Optomap Exam - visit www.optos.com.
Routine Eye Exams are Important and Recommended Yearly
Just like seeing the dentist, it is better to visit your eye doctor BEFORE
something is seriously wrong, so that risk factors can be identified,
small problems managed and bigger problems avoided. Even if the
eyes are found to be healthy, many times increases in prescriptions or
the development of myopia (nearsightedness) can be prevented with
proper visual care.