At West Texas Eyecare, we strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. Preventative and routine eye exams are important for maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, our optometrist is able to provide treatment options and in many cases restore or prevent vision loss. The American Optometric Association recommends yearly eye and vision exams, or more frequently depending on your individual risk factors.
During an eye exam, your eye care professional will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications you 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 and will be considered when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our optometrists provide regular vision acuity tests as part of a comprehensive eye exam. Acuity testing is performed using electronic eye charts for distance and handheld reading charts for near. 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, your eye care professional may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or a combination of the two to best suit your needs.
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam at West Texas Eyecare includes testing eye functionality. Our optometrists perform 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 our optometrists to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eye's ability to focus or work together.
As part of a comprehensive eye exam, our optometrists examine the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. Your eye care professional 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, a review of the results will be discussed including any necessary treatment options. Contact us at (432) 336-3662 today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
At West Texas Eyecare our eye care professionals utilize only the most advanced technology to evaluate, track and manage your eye health. For this reason, all patients receive annual optomap retinal screenings. The optomap is a revolutionary technology that captures more than 200 degrees of the inside of the eye, often alleviating the need to dilate the patient's eyes. Many of our patients travel long distances for their eye care, therefore careful planning must be made in order to dilate the patient's eyes. With the addition of this technology to our practice locations, we are able to be the most convenient and most comprehensive eye care professionals in the area.