Eye & Vision Exams

 Eye and Vision Exams 

At Vision Care Associates, Dr. Mark Gifford and his staff strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. While 20/20 vision can be a good indication of healthy eyes, there are many conditions that can develop without obstruction of that central vision. Many eye conditions have no symptoms in their early stages. With experience in diagnosing and treating such typical vision disorders as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, Dr. Gifford and his Vision Care Associates team are equipped to provide appropriate therapeutic medical eye care. The American Optometric Association recommends annual or biannual eye and vision exams depending on age and risk factors.

Vision Testing

What is an eye examination without a vision test? Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Your visit to our south Charlotte eye care office will include a visual acuity test and eyeglass refraction as part of a comprehensive eye exam. As many would recognize, the results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, Dr. Gifford or one of his associates may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.

Eye Health

In addition to evaluating vision, a comprehensive eye examination will also include a thorough evaluation of the various structures of the eye and visual system. Evaluation for such external conditions as dry eye syndrome, conjunctivitis, and eyelid disease will be performed. To examine the inside of the eye, we recommend dilation of the pupils. Doing so allows for a more thorough view of the internal structures of the eye to better detect changes associated with such conditions as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and vascular compromise from diabetes or hypertension. Additional diagnostic testing may also be recommended.

 Advanced Diagnostics

We use state of the art digital retinal photography to document your ocular status and enable you to see the health of your eyes from the inside. Digital retinal photography gives a more comprehensive view of the retina than a dilated examination alone. The retinal image is an efficient, convenient way to screen for and monitor such conditions as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal disorders. OCT retinal analysis, corneal topography, and visual field analysis instrumentation is also available onsite to aid in more accurate evaluation and treatment of disorders of the eyes and the visual system. With such testing, Dr. Gifford is able to thoroughly examine for and efficiently diagnose conditions in need of prompt treatment or referral such as as corneal disorders, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease.
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