Eye exams are vital to your eyes’ health and are great way to prevent sight-threatening diseases. No matter how old you are, it’s important to have an eye exam performed every year. We will closely examine your eyes to look for signs of vision changes, pain, injury, or disease. Our office utilizes the most up-to-date equipment in order to ensure that you are getting the best and most accurate exam possible. We cut no corners when it comes to your eyes.
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Our eye exam tests much more than 20/20 eyesight. The Snellen fractions such as 20/20, 20/100, etc. are measures of sharpness or clarity of sight (visual acuity). 20/20 just means that at a distance of twenty feet a person can clearly see a certain size letter on the eye chart. There’s more to healthy vision than 20/20.
Our comprehensive vision exam goes beyond 20/20 to evaluate many important visual skills, such as:
- Visual Acuity at Near – Is vision clear and single at close distances? Clear sight at short distances is critical to reading, writing, close work, computer use, etc.
- Eye Teaming Skills – Do the two eyes aim, move, and work as a coordinated team? Weaknesses in binocular (two-eyed) vision and eye teaming skills can cause numerous difficulties, including blurry vision and poor depth perception.
- Eye Focusing Skills – Do the eyes maintain clear vision at varying distances? Rapid, automatic eye focus adjustment is critical to learning, reading, writing, sports, etc. Deficiencies can cause visual fatigue, reduced reading comprehension, and/or avoidance of close work or other activities.
- Eye Movement Skills – Do eye movements show adequate muscle control, tracking, fixation, etc.? In the classroom, normal eye movements allow rapid and accurate shifting of the eyes along a line of print or from book to desk to board, etc. In sports, efficient eye movements contribute to eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, and accurate tracking.
Above are just a few of the many visual skills evaluated during our comprehensive vision exam. In addition, Dr. Tran assesses the general health conditions of his patients. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and arteriosclerosis are often detected during this exam. The diagnosis of systemic manifestations of ocular diseases is necessary to preserve and enhance the patient’s quality of life. When appropriate, Dr. Tran refers patients to other health care professionals and frequently works with them in co-managing the patient’s condition.