Your eyes are an excellent barometer of your visual and general health. In fact, many illnesses have a surprising effect on the eyes. Paying attention to changes in your eyes and vision can help y ...View Article
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At Tom F. Mihok Optometry, our doctors provide thorough primary and emergency eye care for the whole family. We believe that preventative and routine eye exams are the key to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye diseases have little to no symptoms until vision loss occurs. However, early diagnosis and treatment can in many cases prevent or slow vision loss. The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not. Those with chronic conditions such as diabetes an high blood pressure should never go more than a year without having a dilated eye exam.
During an eye exam, Dr. Mihok or Dr. Martinez will take a thorough history. They will ask you questions about your family history, personal medical history, lifestyle demands, and current symptoms in order to provide you with the best eye exam possible. Our doctors believe in patient education and they will ensure that at the end of the exam all of your questions and concerns have been addressed.
Regular vision examinations and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. As the visual demands increase in our life visual correction can have a large impact on your life. Our optometrists test your visual acuity at every examination Dr. Mihok or Dr. Martinez will measure how each eye is seeing by using a Snellen 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, you may be prescribed corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our office includes testing eye functionality. Seeing 20/20 does not necessarily mean functional vision. Our optometrists will perform several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, and peripheral vision to ensure that your eyes are working in the most effective way possible. Binocular vision problems can manifest as eye strain or headaches and as our visual demands have increased we are seeing more and more people affected. If you or anyone in your family is having trouble at work or school please call and schedule and appointment.
Our optometrists will also examine the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. Dr. Mihok or Dr. Martinez evaluate eye health by visually inspecting the anterior and posterior eye with the use of instruments that provide magnification and a lighting system. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. Without pupil dilation we are unable to examine the peripheral retina which is where most eye conditions occur. We also use the Goldmann tonometer which is the gold standard for evaluating eye pressure in order to screen for Glaucoma. This tonometer does not puff air into the eyes and thus is more comfortable and accurate for our patients. In addition, our office can has an Optical Coherence Tomographer, an instrument that provides a 3D image of the retina and allows our doctors to detect ocular diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma before they can be detected using standard eye examination methods. After completing these short tests, the doctor will review the results and discusses any treatments with you. Contact us at (209)847-3051 today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.