When was the last time you had an eye exam?
Why do you need an eye exam at all if you can see just fine? Eye exams help your eyes doctor check for vision issues so visit your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, optometrists, Dr. Lan O'Donnell and Dr.Heidi Gonzalez of O'Donnell Eye Institute.
What Issues Could an Eye Exam Identify?
Eye exams are more than just figuring out if you need glasses or contact lenses. Your optometrist uses this opportunity to find out if you may be allergic to contact lenses if your eyesight has deteriorated or if you're suffering from a disease like cancer or glaucoma. Don't skip visiting your Santa Rosa Beach, Fl, doctors. Identifying issues in their earlier stages makes them easier to treat.
Types of Eye Exams
- Lifestyle Exams: The type of glasses you need depends on your work and hobbies, whether it's staring at a computer screen all day or planting flowers. Poor eyewear may lead to headaches and strained eyes. Your eye doctor may ask you if you spend a lot of time outside or if you wear goggles when you play a sport.
- Pediatric Eye Exam: Parents aren't always aware their children have a problem with their vision. Parents should ask teachers if their children are having issues seeing the board, screens, or frequently squint while reading. This will strain their eyes, cause headaches and, probably affect schoolwork and coordination. Make sure you take your child to visit the eye doctor to ensure there isn't a problem.
- Medical Eye Exam: A medical eye exam examines the health of your eyes to help treat or manage dry eye, glare, changes in colors, difficulty seeing close objects, and other issues or conditions like glaucoma, ocular hypertension, and macular degeneration.
Do You Need an Eye Exam?
You need to protect your eyesight. Regular eye exams can help keep you healthy. Call your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, optometrists, Dr. O'Donnell and Dr. Gonzalez of O'Donnell Eye Institute at (850) 622-4000 to schedule an appointment.
Here are some helpful tips for finding the right pair of eyeglasses.
While the main purpose of getting eyeglasses is for you to see better, that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style for sight. These days, your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eye doctors, Dr. Lan O’Donnell and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez, offer such a wide range of eyeglasses to fit patient’s ever-changing needs, personalities, and styles. If you’re thinking about coming into our office to shop for some new eyeglasses, here is a helpful guide to make choosing the perfect pair of glasses easier.
Know Your Face Shape
The shape of your face will often dictate which eyeglass shapes and styles will work best. The different face shapes include:
- Round: rectangular frames are often best for round face shapes
- Square: round or oval frames can help to balance out a defined or sharp jaw and forehead
- Oval: most eyeglass shapes will look great on you
- Heart: square, rectangular and aviator-style glasses work best for those with a heart-shaped face
- Diamond: cat-eye or decorative frames that pull focus to the eyes will work best
- Rectangular: round, rectangular, and square frames help to balance the longer length of the face
If you’re not sure what your face shape is, this guide may help you find out. There is even a FaceShape App that can determine your face shape from a photo. Or, you can simply ask our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eye doctors during your next consultation.
How Do They Fit Your Nose?
You’ll be wearing your glasses most, if not all, of the day so you want your glasses to fit perfectly and feel comfortable. If the glasses you’re trying on tend to slide down your nose or leave marks, this isn’t going to be something that you’ll want to deal with all day long. Shake your head from side to side. Do the glasses move? If so, they are probably just a little too big. While we can make some slight adjustments to the glasses it’s important to know how they will fit and keep that in mind when shopping.
Choose a Color That Compliments You
Those with cooler tones in their skin can get away with most frame colors including black, silver, and blue. Those with warmer tones will want to look for lighter frame colors but will want to avoid pastels, which could wash them out.
Are you ready to go shopping for a new pair of eyeglasses? It might be time to visit our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eye doctors. To schedule a consultation, call Dr. O’Donnell and Dr. Gonzalez of O’Donnell Eye Institute at (850) 622-4000.
A cataract is a medical condition which affects one or both eyes, most typically with people in their senior years. A clouding of the natural lens in the eye, a cataract gradually impairs sight. At O'Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, optometric physicians, Dr. Lan O'Donnell and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez, detect cataracts on routine eye exams, helping patients get the treatment they need.
Cataracts are changes in the proteins which form the intraocular lens in each eye. Over time--usually starting at age 40 and becoming noticeable around age 60--these proteins breakdown. This degradation impacts how well your lens allows light and images to travel through the lens to the retina at the back of the eye. Accordingly, vision becomes:
- Less clear at night
- Sensitive to extremely bright light, such as automobile headlights or noonday sunlight
Fortunately, most symptoms develop gradually, reports the American Academy of Ophthalmology. However, congenital cataracts (those present at birth) or those due to injury, disease or medications (such as corticosteroids) may develop earlier and more quickly.
Solving the problem of cataracts
At O'Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Dr. O'Donnell and Dr. Gonzalez often diagnose cataracts on routine medical eye exam with dilation of the pupils and inspection of the interior and back of the eye. A visual acuity test reveals further details which confirm the presence of cataracts.
What can be done about cataracts
At first, your cataracts may be perceptibly asymptomatic. In other words, you may notice little to no change in your vision whatsoever. However, when glasses or other interventions no longer help you perform daily tasks, you will require surgery by a qualified eye surgeon.
This doctor will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial one. Most of today's cataract procedures are quick, one-day procedures with tiny incisions and no sutures. Your unique health issues and eye structure will determine the details of your surgery.
Find out more
At O'Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Dr. Lan O'Donnell and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez deliver a full range of eye care and vision services. If you have a problem, such as cataracts, they will provide the support and referral you need to achieve excellent eye health once again. Phone us for your routine exam or with any questions you may have about cataracts: (850) 622-4000.
Nearsighted vs. Farsighted
Nearsightedness and farsightedness are two of the most common vision problems in the U.S. If you are nearsighted, it means that you can see objects that are close but things that are farther away appear blurred. If you are farsighted, it means that you can see things in the distance clearly, but things that are close appear unfocused. Dr. Lan O’Donnell and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez are eye doctors at O’Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, where they provide glasses for nearsightedness and farsightedness.
Santa Rosa Beach residents who are nearsighted, or myopic, have difficulty seeing objects in the distance. For example, you will have no problem reading a newspaper but will find it hard to see your TV screen clearly. This condition is either due to the fact that your eyeball is longer than usual, or your eyes’ lenses are too curved, which makes it difficult for your retina to focus light.
Farsightedness, or hyperopia, occurs if your eyeball is too short or your eyes’ lenses are not curved sufficiently for the light to focus properly. This causes close vision to be blurred. This condition is less common than myopia and can be more difficult to detect in basic vision tests.
Changes in your Vision
Even if you have had perfect vision throughout your life, your vision may begin to change as you get older. This is not uncommon. Changes might take place when you reach your 40s or 60s. Fortunately, eye problems such as nearsightedness and farsightedness are easily treatable with corrective lenses in glasses or contact lenses.
If you live in Santa Rosa Beach and you are having problems with your vision, call Dr. O’Donnell and Dr. Gonzalez at (850) 622-4000 to schedule an appointment for a vision test.
Having a yearly physical or dental cleaning may be a normal part of your life, but what about eye exams? Unless you wear glasses, you may not regularly visit an optometrist. However, scheduling an eye exam can be instrumental in detecting eye problems such as glaucoma, which can cause vision loss or total blindness.
Drs. Lan O'Donnell and Heidi Gonzalez frequently diagnose and treat glaucoma at O'Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and they want to make sure their patients are aware of the warning signs of glaucoma. Although there are several types, this article will concentrate on the two main classifications: primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and angle-closure glaucoma (ACG).
Behind both of your eyes is an optic nerve that sends visual signals to the brain for processing. Glaucoma causes pressure to build up behind the eyes and damages the optic nerve. Anyone is at risk for developing glaucoma, although people over age 60 and those with a family history are more susceptible. The causes of glaucoma are largely unknown.
Changes in the way you see often accompany ACG. Many of our patients at O'Donnell Eye Institute report a new haziness or blurriness. When looking at bright lights, some people notice rainbow-like halos around them. A few people will have a sudden loss of sight. The visual disturbances with POAG are more subtle and can affect the peripheral, or sides, of your visual field. Although these symptoms can be indicative of other conditions, any unexplained changes in your vision should be evaluated by your Santa Rosa Beach eye doctor at once.
Because of the pressure that has to build up behind the eyes, those with glaucoma may experience a new and very uncomfortable headache or eye pain. It can even cause nausea or vomiting due to a response called the oculoabdominal reflex.
The idea that you are developing irreversible damage to your eyes without your knowledge is a scary one, but this can be a reality for those with POAG. By the time POAG begins to noticeably affect vision, it is often advanced and has caused significant damage to the optic nerve. The good news is that by scheduling yearly eye exams with your Santa Rosa Beach optometrist, both types of glaucoma can be detected and treated in their early stages.
To schedule a glaucoma evaluation with Dr. Lan O'Donnell or Dr. Heidi Gonzalez, contact O'Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, by calling (850) 622-4000 today!
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