General Eye Care
Our offices provide a variety of eye care services!
If your last examination was in a store where you bought glasses, a comprehensive eye examination in our office will probably be different experience. First, you will be given forms to fill out so that we may review your medical history.
It is important for us to know the status of your health because many systemic diseases have associated eye problems. Second, it is important for you to tell us about any medications that you use including over the counter medications because many medications effect the eye. It is also important for us to learn something about your life style. We want to prescribe glasses, contact lenses, and therapy on the basis of your visual needs. Remember, each of us are unique.
What Tests Are Performed?
On all patients we measure visual acuity; determine your eye-glass prescription at distance and near; evaluate your eye muscle coordination; assess the front of the eye with a microscope; perform a glaucoma test (no un-comfortable puff of air here); and dilate the eyes to properly evaluate the retina. Patients often ask do you have to dilate the eyes? To properly assess the retina (the back of the eye), we use to routinely dilate everyones eyes. Looking at the retina through an un-dilated eye is like looking through the keyhole of your closet to see what is inside.
Obviously, its easier and better if you open the door, put your head in and look around. That’s what the drops do and the instrument that we put on our head allows us to do. However, we have invested in new technology so that you don’t have to be dilated to get a dilated exam.
Why Should I Get My Glasses From Your Office?
We pride ourselves in providing the best care. We also pride our-selves in providing the highest quality ophthalmic lenses such as Definity, Shamir, Zeiss, Pentax, Optima, Essilor, etc.; and the most stylist quality frames. Our passion for excellence begins with a knowledgeable and caring staff. We are constantly in pursuit of the newest and improved products to better serve the needs of our patients. Proper glasses require style, proper fit and design, high quality optics, accurate measurement and fabrication.
Vita provides all these skills plus the personnel touch of continuity of care so that you are never caught in the middle between the doctor and the optician if there is any problem with your new glasses. For example, in some patients the prescription is correct but the patient can’t adapt to change. If this is your plight, we will change the prescription at no charge. It is our responsibility to make you happy.
Can I Take My Prescription and Get Contact Lenses?
No. An eye-glass prescription though related to a contact lens prescription is entirely different. Contact lenses need to be properly fitted to ensure good vision and health of the cornea. Also, keep in mind contact lens fitting is not covered by most health insurance companies.
I Have 20/20 Doesn’t That Mean My Eyes Are Ok?
No. Just because you have 20/20 it doesn’t mean that you don’t need glasses, eye therapy, or treatment for a silent disease. Only a comprehensive eye examination will determine if your eyes are healthy and working properly.
What is 20/20 Vision?
20/20 vision means that you see at 20 feet what the average person sees at 20 feet. 20/200 means that you see at 20 feet what the average person sees at 200 feet. Many young patients have better than 20/20, e.g., 20/15. Only a few people have 20/10.