Yearly eye exams are important regardless of your age or health. As we know, preventive health care saves millions from cancer, stroke and heart attack each year. Dr. Wallace takes a preventative and comprehensive approach to every eye exam. Early detection of cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy is the best way to maintain a high quality of vision.
Did you know that the health of your eyes can be an indicator to your overall health? Your eyes are the only place the blood vessels can be directly viewed and often show the first signs of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
During a yearly eye exam, your doctor will examine more than just the need for glasses or contact lenses. With the aid of our high-tech diagnostic equipment, our doctor performs an extremely detailed exam. Our optometrist examines both the inside and outside of the eye for any abnormalities and use special instruments to look inside of the eye, giving us the ability to see many diseases which our patients may or may not be aware of. These may include macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, aneurysms, and tumors to name a few. Even if you do not have any vision problems, it is recommended that you always get your eyes examined once a year.
Contact Lens Fitting
What happens during a contact lens fitting? First, Dr. Wallace will assess the overall health of your eye. Your corneas will be examined to ensure that they are healthy enough for wearing contact lenses, and notes of the condition of your eyes will be made to refer back to at future exams to ensure that your ocular health has not deteriorated due to contact lens wear. A refraction will also be performed to determine your contact lens prescription.
Next, your doctor will have you trial a pair of contact lenses in office to evaluate your vision and how well the contact lens fits your eye. The trial lenses are chosen based on your desired wear schedule (daily, bi-weekly, or monthly), as well as your prescription and the curvature of your corneas. Once an ideal prescription and fit have been reached, you will be allowed to try the trial contact lenses for a few days before making any commitments for purchasing a supply of contacts. In some cases, your doctor will require a follow up appointment to verify that your contacts fit properly and that your prescription does not need any adjustments. Initial contact lens fittings may take several visits to ensure that the vision and comfort of the lens are adequate and acceptable to the patient.
If you are wearing contact lenses for the first time, there will be an opportunity to teach you how to insert and remove the lenses properly, as well as how to disinfect and care for them.
If you already wear contact lenses but would like to try a different brand or wear schedule, notify your doctor, and a contact lens fitting for the new lens can be arranged.
Why contacts? Contacts allow patients freedom from their glasses and may allow equal crisp, clear vision without having to keep track of a pair of glasses or worrying about losing them, breaking them, etc.
Dry Eye Evaluation
Dry eyes can cause symptoms of scratching, burning, red eyes, foreign body sensation, and blurred vision. Some causes of dry eye are age, hormones, menopause, medications, climate, evironment, contactgs and post-Lasik reaction.
Dry eye treatment can be as simple as using over-the-counter artificial tears, or the Dr. Wallace might prescribe anti-inflammatory drops. Restasis and FreshKote are two types of drops that help improve tear production and quality.
Changing your environment can help alleviate the symptoms of your dry eyes. Look out for drafts from fans and vents. Adding a humidifier, as well as a balanced diet and drinking lots of water, has been shown to help with dry eye symptoms.
Are you interested in having Lasik? Our doctor provide thorough consultation to determine if you are qualified for the Lasik procedure. We refer our patients to one of the top Lasik centers in the area and work closely with the surgeon before, during and for the procedure. Following your Lasik procedure, we provide all of the post Lasik visits and treatment for one year.
Lasik is performed by using a laser to cut a thin flap of the cornea. This flap is pulled back and the exposed cornea is then lasered. The flap is place back and vision is improved.