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Having healthy eyes and good vision is critically important to just about every aspect of daily living, and having routine eye exams is the best way to make sure you enjoy optimal vision at every stage of life. At Primary Eyecare and Optical of Meridian, we offer comprehensive eye and vision exams for patients of all ages, using state-of-the-art equipment and technology to ensure the most accurate results for patient-centered eye care and treatment based on each patient's individual needs. Let our Meridian optometrists, Dr. Duong and Dr. Dooley assist you in seeing clearer today!
A comprehensive eye and vision exam begins with a personal and family medical history to look for factors that could increase your risk for certain eye diseases. Some chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure can increase your risk for certain eye diseases and conditions, so gathering a complete medical history is very important for making sure you receive the most appropriate screenings for optimal eye health. You'll also be asked about any symptoms you may be experiencing, like eye pain, itching, redness or burning, or vision problems like blurry vision.
Next, your vision will be assessed using tests designed to ensure you enjoy the clearest vision possible. The vision exam will test your visual acuity, or clearness of vision, at different distances to look for issues that could indicate you need glasses or contacts. Eye charts and special instruments will be used to evaluate your vision during this portion of the exam. Peripheral vision (how well you see out of the “corners” of your eyes), eye tracking, and other eye functions will also be evaluated. Depending on the results of this portion of your eye exam, special eye exercises may also be prescribed to help strengthen your eyes and improve the way they work.
The second part of your eye exam will focus on the health of your eye and the eye anatomy. The exam will evaluate different areas of your eye, including the surface and the interior portion as well as the light-sensitive retina at the back of your eye and the optical nerve, the part of your eye that sends visual information from your eye to your brain. To assess the interior portion of your eye, special dilation eye drops will be used to widen your pupils so the eye doctor can gain a clear view using a bright light and a special magnifier. Retinal imaging may also be performed to take pictures of the back of your eye so they can be evaluated for changes that could indicate an ongoing disease process. Finally, the pressure inside your eye will be measured using a device called a tonometer. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, and having your eye pressure measured on a regular basis is important to ensure you receive treatment to avoid permanent vision loss.
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Seeing our skilled, experienced optometrist in Meridian is important for ensuring your eyes stay healthy. Primary Eyecare and Optical of Meridian is a leading provider of eye care services, including eye and vision exams and advanced treatment options for a wide array of diseases and conditions. Take the first step toward healthy eyes and better vision. Call our office today at 601-485-2020 or schedule your appointment online.