At Puget Sound Eye Care, we strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. Preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometric physician. The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not.
Eye Exam and Consultation
During an eye exam, your doctor 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. Your doctor will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our optometric physicians provide regular vision acuity tests as part of a comprehensive eye exam and will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. Depending on the results of your vision test, your doctor may prescribe corrective glasses or contact lenses.
Eye Function Testing
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our office includes testing eye functionality. Our optometric physician performs 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 your doctor to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.
As part of a comprehensive eye exam, our doctors examine the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. Your doctor 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 dilate the pupils. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. Your doctor will also assess the internal and external structures of the eye. Every comprehensive eye exam includes a screening for glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. After completing your exam, your doctor reviews the results and discusses any necessary treatment options with you.
Contact Lens Exams
Whether you are a current contact lens wearer or are interested in trying contact lenses for the first time, you can schedule a contact lens evaluation/fitting in conjunction your annual comprehensive eye exam. During the contact lens evaluation portion of your examination, your doctor will assess the health of the external structures of your eye, which can be affected by contact lens wear. Your doctor will also assess the fit of any current or new lenses to determine if any change in lens power, shape, material or design is indicated to provide you the best possible vision. Our optometric physicians fit contact lenses of all types, including soft, rigid, multifocal, cosmetic, scleral, Ortho-K, and medically necessary contact lenses.
Diabetic Eye Exams
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes type 1 or type 2, the American Diabetes Association recommends an annual eye exam even if you have good vision without optical correction. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), blindness from diabetic retinopathy is the number one cause of blindness in adults. Damage to the eye secondary to diabetes often times causes no symptoms and the only way to identify damage to the eye secondary to diabetes or other system conditions is to have an eye health exam. Our optometric physicians at Puget Sound Eye Care will work closely with your primary care doctor or endocrinologist to monitor your ocular eye health and co-manage any complications related to your condition.
Glaucoma is usually a treatable disease if caught early and displays no symptoms during its onset. Whether you have a family history of glaucoma or have been diagnosed with glaucoma, our optometric physicians provide comprehensive glaucoma care with the latest technology, including ocular coherence tomography (OCT) scans and visual field testing, to manage the condition. Our doctors also can co-manage your condition with an ophthalmologist should you need surgical intervention.