Comprehensive Eye Examinations in South Tulsa and Okmulgee
If you're like most people, you treasure your eyesight and hope to enjoy optimal vision for many more years. But just like any other part of the body, the eyes can fall prey to problems that threaten their health and function. That's why you need to schedule regular comprehensive eye exams to catch these problems in their early stages. Our optometry team at The Eye Center, Dr. Ward and Dr. Hall can play a vital role in preserving your eyesight through our comprehensive eye examinations in South Tulsa and Okmulgee.
How Regular Eye Exams Can Help Save Your Sight
It's all too easy to fall into a pattern of having your eyes checked only in response to changes in your vision or other obvious signs of trouble -- and of course you should consult your eye doctor at such times. But even if you aren't showing symptoms of an eye problem, that doesn't necessarily mean your eyes are fine. Many progressive eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease can cause gradual but permanent destruction to the ocular tissue; by the time you can recognize a change in your vision, your eyes may have already sustained serious, irreparable damage. The best way to prevent this scenario is by getting your eyes examined every year by your South Tulsa or Okmulgee optometrist.
Understanding Your Eye Examination
A comprehensive eye examination at The Eye Center consists of several stages. One of the first things your optometrist will do is study your medical history and ask you about any symptoms or concerns you may be contending with. We will then administer exams according to three basic categories:
- Eye function exams - A series of easy, painless tests can determine how well you can focus, track moving objects, use your peripheral vision, see colors and perceive depth. Your eye doctor will also observe how light entering your eye is being refracted.
- Eye health exams - Eye health exams can make all the difference in helping you preserve your vision for life. For example, pressure testing (tonometry) can tell us whether you're at risk for glaucoma. Viewing the front of your eye under a bright light can reveal cataracts, corneal ulceration and other problems. Dilating your pupils and viewing the inside of your eyes helps us pinpoint signs of optic nerve damage (from glaucoma), macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and various forms of retinal damage. If we do find a problem, we will recommend prompt treatment to get it under control.
- Visual acuity exams - Even healthy eyes may have trouble seeing clearly, thanks to refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia and astigmatism. We can observe how well you read various lines on an eye chart to determine whether you have trouble at specific distances. This enables us to create or update your prescription for corrective eyewear or (if you so choose) refractive surgery.
Protect Your Eyesight in South Tulsa, Okmulgee and Bixby
If you're in South Tulsa, Okmulgee or Bixby and you want to get the most out of your eyesight, take steps to safeguard it today. Call The Eye Center at either of our two optometry offices to schedule an eye exam! (918) 369-3937