A Comprehensive Eye examination is often considered one of the most important healthcare decisions a person can make. In addition to determining a patients visual ability and needs, a comprehensive eye exam can assess how various systemic conditions can affect the eye and body. The emphasis is generally on eye conditions, but issues like Diabetes and High Blood Pressure often show signs in the anatomy of the eye. A true comprehensive Eye examination nowadays is so much more than just seeing clearly.
Our visual assessments are detailed and thorough. Patients are given ample time to discuss what vision issues they are experiencing and every aspect is attended to. During the prescription process, there is constant dialogue between Dr. Abdal and her patients.
Our examinations always include tests for glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and the ocular effects of many general health disorders such as diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as effects of medications. Our office uses some of the latest technology in detecting, managing and treating many ocular conditions.
Prior to any contact lens examination, Dr. Abdal examines the ocular health of the front of the eye. Some patients often forget that they are covering a major part of their eye with a contact lens and the eye must be healthy to withstand the lens. In addition, a patient’s eyelids and eyelashes need to be healthy prior to using contact lenses.
The initial part of any Contact Lens Examination is determining which lenses would best suit the patient’s needs. This is where Dr. Abdal’s experience and expertise help separate her from others. She takes the time to go over every option available to the patient to best suit their visual needs and then decides which lens type and manufacturer would provide the best success while maintaining proper eye health.
While it is not difficult, putting a contact lens into your eye for the first time can be a challenge for some people. We provide training to help you become comfortable with this process
Finally, Dr. Abdal would never offer a final contact lens prescription without the patient trying the lens. Whether her patients need several days or several weeks, Dr. Abdal insists her patients be certain all their visual needs are attended to. If there is any reason those expectations are not met, Dr. Abdal will seek alternative lenses that may provide better results. There will never be any pressure on the patient to decide nor would Dr. Abdal expect her patients to settle on a contact lens.
Just like some patients have different shoes for different activities, many of Dr. Abdal’s patients have different contact lenses for their weekly tasks. Some patients will uitilize the latest Progressive Contact Lenses for work and multi-tasking. Others require the extended wear lenses for long trips where they may not be able to remove their lenses daily. Many choose daily disposable lenses to ensure a fresh lens each day and significantly reduce risks of infections and allergies that may be associated with some other types. Regardless of the task, nowadays there’s a lens that can help make it easier.
Fashion is often a major part of many patients’ lives and Colored Contact Lenses can add that final touch. Whether a patient wants a subtle change or that ‘wow’ factor, many patients can achieve that through colored contact lenses.
Eye injuries can occur at any time. Our office is equipped to handle most eye injuries. The primary instrument we use is a biomicroscope. The biomicroscope provides very high magnification and is designed to aid us in evaluating the extent of an eye injury. Whether it is a laceration, foreign particle embedded or a burn, the biomicroscope is the primary tool to carefully examine the injury.
A common injury is a hot iron metallic foreign body embedded in the cornea. Grinding or drilling in iron or other metals will release particles that are hot, and when they hit the eye, they embed themselves in the cornea. If it is iron, as in this example, it will immediately begin to rust due to the salty consistency of our tears. When the metal particle is removed, there is a remaining rust deposit that has infiltrated the surrounding cornea. We have experience at removing these rust spots. With proper medical treatment these injuries will resolve well.
Most injuries to the cornea can be prevented with proper safety eyewear.
Contusions, otherwise referred to as a “black eye,” can result in more than just the obvious bruises on the face. The retina is the nerve tissue that senses light which lines the back of the eye. There is a blood vessel layer under the retina. This is very delicate and sensitive tissue.
A compression type of injury can knock the retina loose and cause bleeding underneath. These examples show both retinal hemorrhage and retinal detachment. Both can result in blindness to the affected eye. Immediate examination and subsequent treatment is needed in these type of injuries.
If you have symptoms of “Flashes of Light” in your vision, when there is no light to explain the flashes, this could mean that there is something happening in the back of the eye. The eye does not have any pain sensors so flashes are your best clue that there is something wrong. In contrast, the cornea (the clear window on the front of the eye) has more nerve pain sensors than any other part of the body. Injury to the cornea can be incredibly painful. However, in both cases, immediate treatment is needed. Our office staff is well trained to know how to expedite the treatment of these type of injuries. Call immediately when an injury occurs. We are here to help.