Reading an eye chart mounted or projected on a wall is a standard part of every visit to the optometrist today, but it wasn't always that way. Centuries ago, practitioners struggled to measure vis ...View Article
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You only get one pair of eyes in life, so you want to take the best care of them you possibly can for a lifetime of optimal vision. But that doesn't just mean getting treatment for eye diseases or corrective lenses as needed -- it also means taking the preventative approach by having your eyes and vision checked regularly. Our Thornton optometrist here at Best Eyecare Associates, Dr. Christine Best, can provide your entire family with the eye exams and vision testing necessary to protect your precious eyesight for life.
While it's natural to assume that your eyes are all right if you're seeing adequately and not displaying any obvious signs of eye problems, this assumption can have devastating effects on your future eyesight. That's because eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy may do irreparable harm to your eyes for years before you even notice significant changes in your vision -- and by then, sadly, the damage is done. Our Thornton eye doctor urges annual eye exams as the best way to catch any such eye diseases in their earliest stages, allowing us to start administering treatment right away and help you retain your vision.
Eye exams are also critical for children, even infants. An initial eye exam at the age of 6 months can reveal any structural or functional problems that might affect vision development. Later exams at ages 3 and 6 can alert us to refractive errors that might require corrective lenses before your child enters school.
A comprehensive eye exam checks your eye function, eye health and visual acuity. Our optometrist in Thornton performs the following procedures:
Eye function testing - This phase of the eye exam evaluates how well your eyes are working -- individually, as a team, and in coordination with the brain. A series of simple tests checks your ability to track objects, focus, interpret colors and other important everyday functional tasks.
Eye health testing - Our optometrist in Thornton will dilate your pupils to get the best possible look inside your eye. This view can reveal the presence of retinal diseases, optic nerve damage, blood vessel problems, eye cancer and other issues. An instrument called a slit lamp provides a detailed, illuminated look at the front of the eye. A method called tonometry is used to check your eye's interior fluid pressure for possible glaucoma.
Visual acuity testing - This is the use of the familiar eye chart to see whether you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia and/or astigmatism. If you have trouble seeing clearly at a specific distance, we can use that information to determine your prescription for corrective lenses.
Don't put off that all-important eye exam in Thornton any longer. Call us today for an appointment with our eye doctor!