EYE EXAMINATIONS

Most people will think to visit their primary care doctor and dentist on at least an annual basis, but annual eye exams are just as important. If you had to choose one square inch of the body that would give the most diagnostic information about the state of the systems of the body, it would likely be the eye. Regular routine eye exams are essential to early detection and treatment of emerging eye health problems, and a number of general health diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. At Family Vision Center of Tacoma, we believe that it is best to do things right the first time rather than trying to save time and missing something—there are no short cuts! We believe in an unabbreviated, ‘fine tooth comb’ approach to our exams, whether that regards your lens prescription, contact lens fitting, or ocular health evaluation. Damage from serious eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma cannot be restored, but only held at bay, so early detection is essential.

Our exams evaluate three things: the clarity of vision, how well the eyes coordinate together, and eye health. We use lenses, prisms, microscopes, ophthalmoscopes, tonometers, and may also use automated instruments which give us optical information, map out the sensitivity of peripheral vision, or take digital pictures of the back of the eye to monitor disease progression. But perhaps the most important thing of all is conversation with our patients: after having performed thousands of exams, the thing a patient says can be the best finding of all. Conversation also provides some of the best medicine of all to the patient: preventive medicine. Besides this, it makes exams much more pleasant for everyone! Come see us today, we would love to talk with you.


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