Comprehensive Eye Exams From the Eye Centers of Florida
The eye care professionals at the Eye Centers of Florida have made a commitment to eye health. Being part of a world class eye disease and eye surgery center our concerns go well beyond assessing your vision and fitting your glasses. When you see your eye doctor at Eye Centers Of Florida you can be sure eye health is our first concern. This is why you can expect state of the art treatment with an examination that includes a comprehensive eye health assessment in addition to checking your vision.
When Should You Have an Eye Exam?
The American Optometric Association recommends that eye exams be done as follows:
- At age 6 months
- Age 3
- Before a child enters first grade
- Every two years from age 5 to 60
- At age 61 annual exams are recommended
If your optometrist determines you are at a higher risk for vision problems, they may recommend more frequent eye exams.
Eye Exams are Simple, Comfortable and Easy
A comprehensive eye exam will take between 45 and 90 minutes depending on your age, eye health and general health. It will typically include the following tests:
- Medical History – This is to identify any medical issues that can impact your eye health or vision. Certain medications can play a role here as well.
- Visual Acuity – This is when the doctor asks you to read a variety of standardized eye charts at various distances, with one eye then the other, to assess your vision and need for glasses.
- Pupils – It’s important for the doctor to assess how well your pupils respond to a bright light. He or she wants to see your pupils get larger in low light and smaller in bright light.
- Side Vision or Peripheral Vision – A decline in side vision can be something you have not noticed and could be a symptom of glaucoma or other eye condition.
- Eye Movement – Called ocular motility. The doctor will evaluate the movement of your eyes to ensure proper alignment and muscle function.
- Prescription for Corrective Lenses – You will be asked to view an eye chart through an instrument called a phoroptor. This device contains different lenses that help the doctor determine your corrective lens prescription.
- Eye Pressure – Your intraocular eye pressure (IOP) is measured to detect signs of glaucoma.
- The Front Part of Your Eye -A special microscope is used to view the front part of your eye. In this test the doctor is checking for a variety of eye health problems including cataracts, scars or scratches on your cornea.
- Your Retina – The doctor will put drops in your eyes that will cause them to dilate to provide a good view of your retina at the back of your eye. The doctor looks at your retina and optic nerve and check for signs of disease. Your eye will be sensitive to light for a few hours after you receive the dilation eye drops.
Should the doctor find anything of concern that requires further examination, additional tests will be done or you will be referred to a specialist for further evaluation. Early detection of eye disease can make a big difference in the success we have correcting the problem.
At the end of the exam your doctor will give you an assessment of your eye health and a recommendation for any needed vision correction.
Vision Problems that Require an Eye Exam
If you are experiencing any of the following vision problems, please contact us for a comprehensive eye exam today:
- blurred vision when looking at objects far away
- blurred vision when looking at close objects
- having shadows or bright flashes of light affecting your vision
- a sudden decrease in vision
- double vision
- needing more light to read
- poor night vision
- light sensitivity
- fading or yellowing of colors
- dry sensitive eyes
- droopy eyelids
- loss of peripheral vision
- blind spots
- distortion of your vision
- loss of central vision
or anything else that causes discomfort, pain or a change in your vision.
What’s Next if I have an Eye Condition?
The Eye Centers of Florida is the largest eye care center in Southwest Florida. We have state-of-the-art facilities and highly skilled surgeons. Our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped to provide treatment for nearly any eye condition or disease.
Since our start in 1971 we have treated hundreds of thousands of patients with cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, eyelid surgery, ocular prosthesis, intraocular lens implants and a variety of other eye conditions.
If your eye exam uncovers a problem with your eyes we have a talented team of medical experts to provide an accurate diagnosis and a broad variety of treatment options.
Eye Exams at Many Convenient Locations
Be sure to bring your insurance card, current prescription glasses and / or contacts, and a pair of sunglasses to your appointment.