At Eye Associates of Grapevine, our optometrists and our entire Grapevine optometry team are committed to providing advanced vision care in a professional and comfortable environment. Our primary eye care service includes a complete eye exam that analyzes eye health and vision function. In addition to eye exams and vision testing, our optometrists and our team of optometry professionals provide testing for glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Our Grapevine optometrists also offer glasses, contact lenses, and pre and post operative care.
Eye Health Examination And Evaluation
Evaluating the health of the eye is the most important part of the exam and is how conditions of the eye can be observed and detected before they become a problem. Many systemic conditions can be initially diagnosed directly through the eye because arteries and veins can be viewed without surgery.
The slit lamp biomicroscope is an instrumental device attached to a table that sits on a swinging arm and is used to view the eyelids and the external parts of the eye itself, such as the conjunctiva, cornea, iris, sclera, and intra-ocular lens. With special lenses, the slit lamp can also be used to examine the retinal fundus as well.
The retinal health can be evaluated in a number of ways. The most common method is via the direct ophthalmoscope. The ophthalmoscope is held in the doctor’s hand and against his/her eyes as the instrument is moved in closer to the patient’s eye. The second most common approach is to evaluate the retinal health through dilated pupils. Often both techniques are used to evaluate a patient’s retinal health.
Most patients don’t like to have their eyes dilated. The *opto*map® Retinal Exam technology, while not a replacement for viewing the retina via opthalmoscopy, utilizes a panoramic camera to give doctors another option to view up to 81% the retina. This technology uses scanning lasers for only a quarter of a second to attain its images without requiring the eyes to be dilated.
It can be invaluable to have retinal photographs in your medical records so that doctors have a point of reference for any changes in your eye health care.
Refractive error (commonly known as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism depending on the error), is evaluated and determined by our optometrist by using either a phoropter or an automated instrument. These instruments measure how the eyes focus when a series of different lenses are placed in front of them and will determine the level of vision correction needed prior to prescribing contact lenses or glasses according to your lifestyle. To schedule an appointment for a vision evaluation with our Grapevine optometrist office, call 817-488-4893 today.
Dry Eyes: When eyes become excessively dry, it leads to irritation, burning, redness and blurred vision. Contact lenses can exacerbate these conditions by making it feel like a foreign object is stuck in your eye.
GPC: This form of conjunctivitis is caused by inflammation on the inner surface of the eyelid. Protein buildup on contact lenses can make this condition worse.
Keratoconus: This is an uncommon condition that causes major discomfort when wearing contacts. Keratoconus happens when the cornea becomes thinner and allows the eye to bulge forward. The bulge forms into a cone shape.
Hyperopia: A condition in which visual images come to a focus behind the retina of the eye and vision is better for distance rather than for near objects – also know as farsightedness.
Myopia: A condition in which the visual images come to a focus in front of the retina of the eye resulting especially in defective vision of distant objects – also know as nearsightedness.
Presbyopia: Eyes tend to have a tougher time focusing on close objects as they age. This condition is known as presbyopia. It typically affects people aged 40 or older.
Astigmatism: Astigmatism develops when the front of the eye curves into a bulge or oval shape. It causes blurred vision and can be difficult to correct because regular contacts cannot account for the bulging.
Eye Exam and Consultation
During your eye exam, our optometrist will ask specific questions about your eye health and care, including any symptoms or issues you have been experiencing (blurriness, work environment and overall health, etc.). Current medications, family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed. Our optometrists will take all of this information into consideration when determining any treatments or recommendations.
To ensure you always have the clearest vision possible, regular testing and evaluations of your eyes is highly recommended. Our optometrists provide regular vision acuity tests as part of our comprehensive eye exam. This includes measuring how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading chart. The results of these tests are the basis of a 20/20 fraction, which is the standard for normal distance and reading vision. We may prescribe corrective lenses, contacts, or eye exercises depending on the results of the vision testing.
Eye Function Testing
Along with vision testing, a complete eye exam will be performed to test functionality. This includes performing several tests by our optometrists to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. To determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving and working together properly, several small tests will also be performed.
Our comprehensive eye exam covers the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. This is done by our optometrists who will visually inspect the eye and eyelid by using a magnification and a bright light.
We can answer your questions about optometry services, our eye care practice, eye health products, and more.
Schedule your eye exam today by requesting an appointment online, or by calling our office.
Excellent service by staff and doctor; all questions answered and I fully understand the condition of my eye site and what is needed going forward.
Contact Lens Exams
Our doctors and staff strive to meet all of your eye and vision care needs. A comprehensive lens, and prescription management evaluation is performed by our Optometrists and they will discuss with you the best contact lens fit for your vision and lifestyle needs. If you suffer from specific issues such as dry eyes, allergies, or recurring eye infections, our staff can help determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Call 817-488-4893 today to schedule an examination to see whether you are a candidate for contact lenses.
Hard to Fit Contacts
While contact lenses can be an easy solution for some patients with vision issues, it can sometimes propose a little more of a challenge for others with specialty eye vision issues. However, it does not rule out wearing contact lenses altogether. Our office will discuss options with our patients and assist with obtaining hard to fit contacts for our patients specific vision needs.
Reasons for Hard to Fit Contacts
Finding contact lenses that fit and wearing contact lenses in general, can be more challenging when there are certain conditions that affect your eyes such as, Astigmatism, Dry Eyes, Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC), Keratoconus, Presbyopia.
Solutions for Hard to Fit Contacts
If you do fit into one of the eye condition criteria listed above, you will need to meet with one of our eye care professionals so they can prescribe a contact lens fit that is tailored to assist you with your specific condition.
Are you a good candidate for LASIK surgery? In general, if you are over the age of 18 and have myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism, you are more than likely a candidate for surgery. Our staff handles the pre-operative and post-operative care for LASIK. Our staff can assist you with a consultation and evaluation. Call 817-488-4893 today to schedule an examination to see whether you are a candidate for LASIK.