Your eyes are an excellent barometer of your visual and general health. In fact, many illnesses have a surprising effect on the eyes. Paying attention to changes in your eyes and vision can help y ...View Article
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If it's been a while since you had your last eye and vision exam or you're seeking a new resource for family eye exams, you've come to the right place when you come to Apex EyeCare. Our Dentsville and Columbia optometrist, Dr. Michael McClay, provides a wide range of eye and vision exam services for patients of all ages and all stages of ocular health. Through a combination of state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies and skilled, compassionate care, we can help safeguard your eyesight against glaucoma, retinal diseases, keratoconus and many other issues for many years to come.
A comprehensive eye exam is recommended by the American Optometric Association every one to two years for most individuals, although people with certain progressive eye disorders may need more frequent checks. These eye exams should begin at the age of 6 months, since your baby needs to establish a healthy collaboration between the eyes and the brain for proper development. Eye function testing is the primary form of evaluation performed at this stage. Our Columbia optometrist checks for issues such as strabismus (incorrect eye alignment), amblyopia ("lazy eye" or uneven eye dominance), and basic abilities such as eye teaming, focus and tracking moving objects. If we an issue that threatens normal vision development, we can recommend treatments to correct them early.
Eye health evaluations are critical for catching ailments that might otherwise do massive damage to your eyes even before you notice a vision change, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other hazards. We utilize advanced diagnostic tools to identify these issues, including:
Optos Retinal Imaging - A digital imaging techniques that lets us scan (and photograph) up to 200 degrees of the retinal surface without the traditional need for pupil dilation.
Heisenberg Retina Tomograph (HRT) - This equipment helps us catch optic nerve damage related to glaucoma.
Tonometry - This technique measure the fluid pressure inside your eye to see whether you're at risk for glaucoma.
PRT Corneal Thickness Testing - Thin corneas are associated with glaucoma risk; they can also lead to a bulge in the cornea called keratoconus.
A regular vision exam helps you keep your world optimally clear and crisp. In addition to evaluating your color vision and peripheral vision, we also have you read from an eye chart to see whether you have trouble bringing objects at different "distances" into focus -- a common result of refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Since it's never too early to detect and deal with eye problems that ma, there will never be a better time than today to schedule your next annual eye exam in Columbia. Call Apex EyeCare at (803) 741-7177 to schedule eye exams and vision testing for yourself and all your loved ones. Your eyes will love you for it!