At Eye Centers of Hattiesburg, 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 optometrist. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, our optometrists are able provide treatment options and in many cases restore or prevent vision loss. 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, our doctors 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. Our doctors 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 optometrists provide a regular visual acuity test as part of a comprehensive eye exam. The eye doctors will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, the doctor may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.
Eye Function Testing
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our office includes testing eye functionality. Our optometrists perform 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 our doctors 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 optometrists, examine the overall health of the eye, through a visual examination and tonometry, which measures eye pressure. Our doctors evaluate eye health by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. Eye exams due to medical problems such as: cataracts, diabetes, high risk medication, dry eyes, eye infections, eye related allergies, foreign body in the eye, glaucoma, headaches, history of a stroke, hypertensive retinopathy, macular degeneration, or a sty may require additional testing or procedures. For diabetes, high risk medication, glaucoma, history of a stroke, hypertensive retinopathy and macular degeneration, we take internal photos and do visual fields to get a baseline and then track progression. For dry eyes, we can place punctal occluders, that work like a stopper in a bathtub, to hold tears and keep the eyes from feeling so dry and irritated. For a number of corneal problems, we can place an amniograft, that is used to help the eye heal quicker. After completing these short tests, the doctor reviews the results and discusses any necessary treatment options with you. Contact us at (601)385-2128 today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.