At Victor Eyecare, we strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. Preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by a licensed ophthalmologist. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, Dr. Victor is able to provide treatment options and, in many cases, restore vision or prevent vision loss. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not.
Eye Exam and Consultation
During an eye exam, you will be asked questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications your are currently taking, any blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. This information will be considered when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Regular vision acuity tests are part of a comprehensive eye exam. Dr. Victor will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart called a Snellen Chart and a reading card. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, Dr. Victor may prescribe corrective glasses.
Eyeglasses are used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia. Presbyopia is when your eyes gradually lose the ability to see things clearly up close as you age. A "refraction" is performed as part of a complete eye examination to determine the prescription used to make the glasses.
Eye Function Testing
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our office includes testing eye functionality. Dr. Victor performs several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. Several other simple tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable Dr. Victor to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.
As part of a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Victor examines the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. Dr. Victor evaluates eye health by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. After completing these short tests, Dr. Victor reviews the results and discusses any necessary treatment options with you. Contact us at (623)-977-9000 today to schedule your comprehensive eye exam.
Patients who have been diagnosed with, or at risk for, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration may have additional tests performed in the office. A visual field screening is used to test the function of the optic nerve in glaucoma patients. Fundus photography is used to examine the structures of the eye to document the condition of the eye, detect abnormalities, and follow the progress of treatment.