We are confident that we can provide the eye care you need in Fort Worth. Below you'll find a list of some of the key eye care services that our optometric practice offers.
Emergency and Routine Eye Exams
Comprehensive eye exams for adults and children, co-management of laser vision correction surgery, caring for eye emergencies and so much more in our office in Fort Worth, TX. The optometrists at our vision center provide comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages including treatment for a range of conditions including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, cataracts and macular degeneration.
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What should you expect from a Comprehensive Eye Exam in Fort Worth?
Yearly eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care at Altig Optical. Plenty of eye and vision conditions have no clear indicators or symptoms. Because of this, people are generally not aware that concerns exist. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision concerns are essential for taking care of great vision and eye health, and when attainable, preventing vision loss.
What tests are used during an eye exam?
A thorough adult eye exam in Fort Worth could include, but is not restricted to, the following tests. Specific patient signs and symptoms, in addition to the professional view of the optometrist, may greatly guide the testing carried out.
Patient History A patient history really helps to identify any symptoms the patient is experiencing, when they began, the existence of any fundamental health problems, drugs taken and occupational or environmental conditions that may be influencing vision. The optometrist will ask concerning any eye or vision troubles you may be experiencing and about your general health. The eye doctor may also ask about any former eye or health problems of you and your family members.
Visual Acuity Reading charts are usually used to gauge visual acuity. Visual acuity measurements evaluate how accurately each eye is seeing. As an aspect of the testing, you will be asked to read letters on far and near reading charts. The results of visual acuity testing are written as a fraction such as 20/40. When assessing distance vision, the top number in the fraction is the usual distance at which evaluating is done, twenty feet. The lower number is the smallest letter size you were able to read. A person with 20/40 visual acuity would have to get within 20 feet of a letter that should be seen at 40 feet to be able to read it accurately. Normal distance visual acuity is 20/20.
Preliminary Tests Preliminary testing may consist of evaluation of specified components of visual functionality and eye health such as depth perception, color vision, eye muscle movements, peripheral or side vision, and the way your pupils react to light.
Keratometry The Keratometry examination checks the curvature of the cornea, the clear exterior surface area of the eye, by focusing a circle of light on the cornea and checking its reflection. This measurement is extremely critical in figuring out the correct fit for contact lenses.
Eye Focusing, Eye Teaming, and Eye Movement Testing Analysis of accommodation, ocular motility and binocular vision identifies how effectively the eyes focus, move and work together. To get a distinct, single picture of what is being observed, the eyes must proficiently modify focus, move and function in unison. This assessment will search for problems that keep your eyes from focusing accurately or make using both eyes together problematic.
Determining refractive error with a phoropter and retinoscope
Refraction is performed to figure out the suitable lens power required to compensate for any refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism). Using an instrument knowned as a phoropter, your optometrist puts a number of lenses in front of your eyes and identifies in what way they focus light using a hand held lighted instrument called a retinoscope. The eye doctor may elect to employ an automated instrument that automatically determines the focusing power of the eye. The power is then refined by the person's feedback to identify the lenses that allow the best vision. This exam might be carried out without the use of eye drops to find out in what way the eyes react under typical viewing conditions. In some cases, for instance for individuals who can not respond verbally or when a portion of the eyes focusing strength may be concealed, eye drops are employed. The drops briefly keep the eyes from switching focus while the examination is performed.
Eye Health and Disease Screening
Tonometry evaluates eye pressure. Elevated pressure in the eye is a symptom of a heightened risk of glaucoma. Assessment of pressure within the eye (tonometry) is completed. Normal eye pressures range from 10 to 21 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), averaging about 14 to 16 mm Hg. Anyone with eye pressure greater than 22 mm Hg is at an amplified chance of developing glaucoma, even though many people with common pressure also develop glaucoma.
Exterior observation of the eye includes evaluation of the cornea, eyelids, conjunctiva and bordering eye tissue utilizing bright light and magnification.
Appraisal of the lens, retina and posterior portion of the eye may be accomplished through a dilated pupil to present a better picture of the internal structures of the eye.
Extra testing More assessments may be required based on the outcomes of the previous tests to verify or rule out possible problems, to illuminate ambiguous results, or to supply a more detailed analysis. At the conclusion of the examination, your eye doctor at Altig Optical in Fort Worth will assess and consider the answers of the testing to decide on a diagnosis and create a treatment plan. Your eye doctor will review with you the symptoms and causes of each optical or eye illness found and discuss available treatment possibilities. Sometimes, recommendation for consultation with, or treatment by, another optometrist or a different health care practitioner may be suggested.
If you have concerns concerning any eye or optical problems diagnosed, or treatment proposed, don't think twice to request more information or clarification from your eye doctor in Fort Worth.