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 include a thorough evaluation of the various structures of the eye and visual system. Our doctors evaluate for such external conditions as dry eye syndrome, conjunctivitis, and eyelid disease. Internal examination of the eyes with dilation of the pupils and digital retinal imaging is also performed. Additional diagnostic testing will also be employed when necessary.

 Advanced Diagnostics

We use state of the art Eidon digital retinal imaging to document your ocular status. Imaging with the Eidon scanner does not require pupil dilation. While our doctors recommend pupil dilation for viewing the peripheral retina, Eidon imaging provides a better examination of the central and midperipheral retina where most ocular disease processes occur. 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, our doctors are 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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