Comprehensive Exams for Adults
You’ve heard the phrase “eyes are the window to your soul.” Well as it turns out, your eyes can actually be a very special window into your physical health!
In addition to monitoring eye health and vision, routine eye exams can help detect hundreds of systemic diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, macular degeneration or autoimmune diseases and often show up in the eye before symptoms are even noticed.
Early detection and treatment can make all the difference. A proper comprehensive eye exam, just like a visit to your primary care doctor or dentist, is an important part of your annual preventative health care routine.
Our doctors at Plaza Lane Optometry provide detailed, thoughtful exams. We pride ourselves on listening to your unique needs and recommending the most appropriate solutions to your vision and eye health needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over the age of 60, so early diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma are essential for managing long-term vision loss. While vision lost to glaucoma can’t be brought back, regular eye exams and treatment can retain as much of your vision as possible.
What are Cataracts?
What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of central vision loss among older people. It results from changes to the macula, a portion of the retina responsible for clear, sharp vision, which is located on the inside of the back of the eye.
What are Retinal Tears?
The retina is a thin layer of light-sensitive nerve fibers and cells that covers the inside back lining of the eyeball. For the eye to see, light must pass through the lens of the eye and focus on the retina.
What is an Ocular Allergy?
Ocular allergies are a major source of discomfort and annoyance. If you have been an ocular allergy sufferer, you may dread that part of the year when you begin to experience those red, itchy, watery eyes that occur each spring (or fall), or when you visit a friends’ home with pets in the house.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye affects millions of Americans and is most commonly a result of the natural aging process. As we age, we produce a smaller amount of tears to keep our eyes moist and comfortable. In addition, improper blinking, certain medications, a dry or windy climate, chemical burns, and general health problems such as arthritis can cause dry eyes.
What is an ASTIGMATISM?
A condition in which images at all distances may be blurred or distorted. High degrees cause distorted or blurred vision and slight degrees may cause headaches, fatigue, poor schoolwork, squinting, eye irritation and discomfort. Astigmatism is usually a result of the front surface of the eye (the cornea) being less round than it should be.
What is MYOPIA (NEARSIGHTEDNESS)?
A condition in which near objects are seen more clearly than objects far away. Squinting is a common sign of nearsightedness as is difficulty distinguishing details on far-away objects like white boards and road signs.
What is HYPEROPIA (FARSIGHTEDNESS)?
A condition in which far-away objects are seen more clearly than near objects. Common symptoms include,eye fatigue and headaches after close work, light sensitivity and aching, watering eyes.
What is PRESBYOPIA?
Your eye stops growing in your early teens. The lens, however, continues to grow and produce more and more cells. This continued growth eventually causes the lens to harden and lose some of its elasticity and therefore some focusing ability. Although presbyopia may seem to develop suddenly, the actual decline takes place over the course of many years. Presbyopia usually becomes apparent to people in their early to mid-forties. Some signs and symptoms of presbyopia include: the tendency to hold reading material at arm’s length, blurred vision at normal reading distance, and eye fatigue along with headaches when attempting to do close work.
Presbyopia cannot be prevented, as it is a natural part of the aging process. The effects of presbyopia constantly change the ability of the eye’s crystalline lens to focus properly. As a result, periodic changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses are necessary to maintain good vision. To compensate for presbyopia, we may prescribe reading glasses, bifocals, trifocals, progressive addition lenses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery.