what are Annual Eye Exams?
Eyes are a precious asset. However, sometimes even the most health-conscious people need professional help keeping their eyes healthy and their vision properly focused. Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Stephen Wilmarth can discuss at-home eye care options and recommend a wide variety of in-office treatments to suit each patient's needs. Dr. Wilmarth and his team can perform a number of different tests that screen for issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, eye injuries, and other related conditions. Patients in the Roseville and Sacramento, CA areas are encouraged to schedule annual eye exams at Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center in order to ensure optimal vision and health.
what is included in an annual eye exam?
Before the exam, a technician will review the patient's medical history and go over any concerns they have. Dr. Wilmarth will examine inside the eyes using specialized technology. These instruments allow our eye professionals to study structures such as the retina and lens where signs of eye allergies, conditions, and diseases can be found. We will also ask the patient to read letters off a chart and may request digital photographs be taken of the interior and exterior of the eye. More tests will be necessary for patients ordering contact lenses to ensure the fitting is correct. For patients with specific eye problems, such as blurry vision and trouble reading or driving, additional tests may be required to pinpoint what is causing the symptoms so that an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan can be provided. Some common tests performed include checking for conditions such as:
- Farsightedness (hyperopia)
- Nearsightedness (myopia)
how can i improve my eyesight?
If a patient's vision isn’t quite clear enough, Dr. Wilmarth will recommend options for improving it. Though some patients are happy keeping their glasses or contacts, others might welcome permanent vision correction with advanced procedures such as:
- PRK (photorefractive keratectomy)
- Custom LASIK
- Monovision LASIK (often ideal for correcting loss of near vision due to presbyopia)
- Refractive lens exchange
- Removal of the murky lens and replacement with a premium intraocular lens (if patients suffer from cataracts)
Each of these procedures take a great deal of skill and experience to be performed successfully. Dr. Wilmarth is an M.D. and board-certified ophthalmologist who has over 35 years of experience correcting Sacramento patients’ vision with advanced techniques and the latest technology.
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Comprehensive eye care FAQs
What causes nearsightedness and farsightedness?
Nearsightedness and farsightedness are usually diagnosed during childhood. They both occur when light is focused incorrectly onto the retina. Genetics may play a major role in the development of these conditions. People who have parents or grandparents with refractive errors are more likely to develop them.
Are options like LASIK and PRK safe?
Many treatments are available for blurry vision, including glasses, contact lenses, and refractive surgery. LASIK and PRK are two of the most common types of refractive surgery. Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center can review all your treatment options and help you decide which one is right for your needs.
What if you discover another issue, like cataracts?
Cataracts are a common condition that typically affects older adults. Cataracts occur when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy and makes it difficult to see. Surgery is the only way to treat cataracts. During surgery, Dr. Wilmarth may remove the natural lens and replace it with an artificial one. In some cases, vision can be improved immediately afterward.
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Keep Your Vision in Check
Dr. Wilmarth and his team highly encourage every individual to undergo regular eye exams and checkups to keep their vision at its best. Having healthy eyes is crucial to maintaining your overall wellness, so we invite you to schedule an appointment at our Roseville, CA location today.
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