20/20 Is Not Enough

The visual system is amazing and amazingly complex. There is so much more to vision than just a measurement of visual acuity at twenty feet.

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  • Each eye needs to see clearly.
  • Each needs to be able to adjust focus for different distances.
  • Focusing needs to be accurate and quick.
  • The eyes need to be able to move smoothly and accurately.
  • The two eyes need to work as a team: pointing inward together for near viewing and coordinating alignment outward for distance.
  • The two eyes need to be coordinated together in different positions of gaze and for varying distances.
  • The images from both eyes need to be fused into a single image.

Any mismatch, misalignment or sluggishness in any one of these skills and the information from the eyes to the visual processing areas of the brain becomes muddled making comprehension a much more complex and potentially frustrating task.

img_20_20_01A complete Optometric eye exam in our office includes:

  • img_20_20_03Review of systemic and ocular health
  • Discussion of critical complaint and symptoms
  • Measurement of visual acuity
  • Determination of refractive error: nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia
  • Visual acuity
  • Color vision
  • Eye teaming skills
  • Eye movement skills
  • Depth perception (fusion)
  • Accommodation (focusing skills)
  • External ocular health
  • Internal ocular health
  • Glaucoma screening
  • Recommendations and demonstration of what the options are to achieve the goal of good vision.

For those with needs beyond the basic, we are delighted to offer contact lens fitting and training services, low vision evaluations and devices for those with mild to moderate vision loss and referral to the appropriate specialist as needed. It is always our primary goal to protect your precious vision, and to practice both the science of vision and the art of helping others.