Doctors of optometry are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as diagnose related systemic conditions.
Optometrists provide more than two-thirds of the primary eye care services in the United States.
According to the American Optometric Association healthy, low-risk adults aged 18-39 should have an eye exam performed every two years. If you are considered “at risk” you should have an eye exam performed annually or more frequently if recommended.
Patients at risk include those with diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, a family history of ocular disease which includes glaucoma and macular degeneration, working in an occupation that is eye hazardous, those who are taking prescriptions which have ocular side effects, high near-sightedness, and patients who have had eye surgery.
It is recommended that infants receive their free InfantSee exam before the age of 12 months. Per the findings of the InfantSee exam, A child’s next appointment should be at 3 years of age. At 5 years old, the child should receive their next eye exam. After this, the adult guidelines apply.
Contact Lens Exams
Contact lens exams are done on a regular basis here at our clinic. We fit many different types of soft and hard contact lenses. Dr. Thompson and Dr. Hager fit scleral contacts as well to help with many ocular diseases such as keratoconus, dry eye syndrome, and post-surgical ectasia.
Visual Perception and Dyslexia Testing
Dr. Thompson performs visual perceptual and developmental visual evaluations. These examinations look for difficulties that might include deficits in oculomotor tracking, accommodation (focusing), vergence (eye alignment), visual-motor integration and dyslexia screening. If you suspect that you or someone in your family might have issues fully coordinating their eyes request an appointment with Dr. Thompson today.
We have great working relationships with other health care providers in our community and our State. An optometrist is a critical partner in the proper care and treatment of many health conditions including diabetes, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, and many others. We routinely work with other medical professionals to help coordinate treatment.
In the United States, cataracts are the most frequent self-reported cause of visual impairment and the third leading cause of preventable blindness. A cataract is an opacification of the lens inside your eye which effects your vision and thus your daily activities. Cataracts are a normal aging change. Cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure for those over 65. Our doctors can determine if cataract surgery is right for you and refer you to a surgeon who can help provide excellent surgical care.