You Need Quality Eye Care
Chances are you will enjoy everything you do and the world around you much more if your eyes are healthy and your vision is efficient and comfortable.
For this, you need quality eye care on a regular basis. Your doctor of optometry is the primary health care professional who can provide that care.
Your doctor of optometry is intensively educated; clinically trained; and state licensed to examine the eyes and vision system, diagnose problems or impairments, and prescribe and provide treatment.
What to Expect in Eye Care
During your visit to your optometrist be prepared to answer questions about your eye and general health history. Your optometrist will use a variety of sophisticated instruments, often aided by diagnostic eyedrops to look for many things. Among them are:
- The ability to see clearly at near and far distances
- The ability to change focus efficiently and comfortably
- The ability to use both eyes as a team
- Vision conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia
- Eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration
- General health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure that can often be detected in the eyes and affect vision.
Optometric Treatment to Meet Your Needs
If you have a vision problem, there are often different ways your optometrist can help you. The treatment your optometrist prescribes depends on your specific vision problem and, often, your lifestyle.
Your optometrist considers factors like the severity of your condition; your age; occupational, recreational and learning needs; and your general health in prescribing a treatment for your vision problem. With the variety of treatment options available today, your optometrist uses professional skill and judgment to prescribe the right treatment for you.
Among the treatment options your optometrist may use to improve your vision are:
- Prescription eyeglasses, which may be single vision, bifocals, trifocals or other types specifically designed for you because everyone’s eyes are different
- Contact lenses, of which there are many types and which require precise evaluation and careful management for successful wear
- Vision therapy, which uses advanced techniques and procedures to develop or improve vision skills including the ability to use your eyes together; to adjust the focus of your eyes; or to follow a moving object with your eyes
- Low vision aids, which are a means to restore useful sight to partially sighted patients
- Medication to treat or control certain eye conditions or diseases.
As part of optometric treatment, your optometrist can also advise you about environmental factors, such as lighting: visual requirements of a specific occupational/recreational task; and eye safety. This information will help you function more productively and safely.
If it is necessary, your optometrist can refer you to other health care professionals for treatment of eye diseases or general health problems detected during your optometric examination.
But don’t forget, you play an important part in your optometric treatment. Follow your doctor’s instructions and advice carefully, and you can significantly the effectiveness of your treatment.
Professional Care Makes Good Sense
Good vision is vital in learning, earning, producing and enjoying the benefits of your lifestyle. So your eyes deserve professional, quality care. And your doctor of optometry is dedicated to providing the eye care that will keep you seeing well and living well.