Primary Eye Care


Primary Eye Care

We know your vision is important to you – and it’s important to us. When you come for your appointment, we make sure to schedule ample time for your appointment so you will never feel rushed. Our office provides complete eye care for both adults and children. Our comprehensive eye examinations will check your eyes inside and out for any potential eye disorders or diseases. Your visual skills and abilities are carefully evaluated and appropriate treatment is prescribed, whether it’s medication, lenses, or vision therapy. We are prepared to handle whatever your eyecare needs are, and will treat them with the latest in diagnostic equipment and are committed to keeping up with eye care technology.
  

During your visit, we make every effort to ensure that your eye health and vision remain at their best. The registration form includes your health history and medications, your family’s health history, and your symptoms. This type of information lets us begin the process that will keep you seeing better, longer. Many eye conditions relate to the types of medications you take and the condition of your overall health.
     

We also ask that you tell us your hobbies and occupation. This information allows the staff to understand your needs and give you the type of care and vision correction best for you. For example, a computer operator has special up-close visual needs, while a machinist or carpenter has his or her own unique vision and safety requirements.

 

The Preliminary Tests
 
During the first round of tests, our technicians will gather more information about your medical history and overall health. As a test for glaucoma, a potentially sight-stealing disease, we will use Applanation Tonometry to measure the pressure in your eyes. We will test your eye muscle performance-the ability of your eyes to work together well. We will take your blood pressure, which can affect your vision and general health. We will also check your color vision and depth perception abilities.


Special Tests
 
We use special computerized testing equipment to allow us to gather information quickly and accurately about the condition of eye health and your vision prescription.
  

A series of lights, in an instrument known as a visual field analyzer, will determine if you are seeing well in your entire rang of vision, including your peripheral vision.
  

A very special camera (the first of its kind in West Virginia) may be used to photograph the back of your eyes where the nerves and blood vessels are visible. These tiny structures show the first signs of systemic disease such as high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries, and nerve conditions such as glaucoma and multiple sclerosis. The back of the eye will also reveal the condition of the retina, to look for signs of damage or disease in this delicate area. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this high tech opportunity to have a retinal photograph taken and stored in our computer for future comparisons. We can even print a copy for your personal records!
 

Your pupils will probably be temporarily dilated (made larger) with mild eyedrops to help us better view the retina and optic nerve.


Eye Health and Vision
 
The doctor will evaluate the health of the eyes and eyelids, examine for signs of disease, and provide expert vision correction to help you see your best. Medications may be prescribed, as well as eyeglasses or contact lenses. It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions for treatment to speed the healing process and prevent complications. The doctor may also discuss specific lens options, contact lens programs, or surgical treatments.