We Check Vision and Eye Health, in Jacksonville, FL
Sharp vision isn’t an indication that your eyes are healthy. Only a thorough eye exam can rule out or diagnose ocular problems. At River City Vision Center, our eye doctor will perform a complete inspection of your eyes and functional vision, looking out for any sign of abnormalities. From babies to seniors, we encourage all of our Jacksonville patients who want lasting, quality vision, to come in for regular eye exams.
Essentially, a comprehensive eye exam provides a full report of your eye health, in the same way that a physical check-up evaluates your overall body health. Using cutting-edge equipment and modern diagnostic technology, our black optometrist will look closely at the inner tissues of your eyes. We’ll assess your full visual system, on the lookout for eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal issues and diabetic retinopathy.
You’ll receive warm, personalized attention in our convenient Jacksonville office. With both a male and female optometrist as members of our professional team, we relate to every patient as an individual – with unique lifestyle and vision needs. It’s important to us that your eye exam experience is comfortable and efficient. To provide optimal eye care and eye exams for everyone, it’s important that you share your general health information and tell us about any ocular symptoms you may be experiencing. Our optometrist will customize your eye exam to address your personal condition.
Read on for an explanation of our Jacksonville eye exams:
What happens during an eye exam?
Once you are settled in, our man or woman optometrist will meet with you to discuss your family eye history, personal medical history and any vision complaints. Your eye examination will then include these steps:
- We’ll test the reaction of your pupils to light, as well as your eye movements, peripheral and color vision.
- Focusing skills, called accommodation, will be checked. The ability of your eyes to team and work together (binocularity) will also be assessed.
- We’ll test your vision to see if you require vision correction, such as eyeglasses and contact lenses. You’ll be asked to read a standard eye chart to test visual acuity, and we’ll also use a phoropter to assess refractive error – you’ll need to provide feedback on which lenses appear clearer. A retinoscope will be used to measure how your eye focuses light. These procedures help us diagnose nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
- A dilated eye exam will be performed to inspect your retina and the tissues at the back of your eye. Eye drops will usually be placed in your eyes, and then we’ll use high-powered magnification for the detailed exam.
Following your comprehensive eye examination, our eye doctors will meet with you to discuss all of the findings. Together, we’ll decide upon the most appropriate treatment for your condition and lifestyle needs.
When do you need to schedule eye exams?
- If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, experts advise that you have yearly exams at all ages. From age 40, annual eye exams are recommended for everyone, as the risk of complications increases with age.
- After 60 years old, you should consult with your eye doctor for personalized instructions about when to come in for routine ocular exams.
- Certain risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, point to a need for more frequent, regular eye exams, regardless of age.
- The first eye exam should be performed at 6 months old
- The second eye exam should be at 3 years of age.
- It’s important to have your kid’s eyes checked prior to starting school, around age 5-6. Many vision problems can interfere with basic learning, and it’s important to detect these conditions before a problem is caused.
- School-aged kids without eyeglasses or contact lenses should have eye check-ups approximately every 2 years. Kids who need any form of vision correction or treatment should have yearly exams.
- Specific risk factors, such as crossed eyes, family history of eye disease, delayed development, premature birth, past eye injury, and physical health conditions also indicate a need for more frequent pediatric eye exams.