Eye Care & Optometry Services
Southwest Vision Center offers a wide range of optometry services. Our experienced optometrists provide patients with thorough eye evaluations. They’ll determine if you need corrective lenses and your exact prescription strength and fit you with the appropriate glasses or contacts.
New patient appointments begin with a comprehensive eye exam. It will be helpful to know your family’s eye health history in your evaluation. If you have never had a comprehensive exam, don’t worry! All the tests and exercises are simple and painless.
Dr. Mario Contaldi and Dr. Haley Vasilko can diagnose and treat eye diseases and identify general eye health problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration.
We can also fit you with specialty eyewear for sports, occupations, other activities and hobbies, and safety glasses.
Comprehensive eye exams may include:
- Testing visual acuity or refractive error
- Pupil evaluation with or without dilation
- Examination of peripheral visual field
- Color vision testing
- Analysis of the visual systems
- Examination of the external parts of the eye
- Intraocular pressure measurement
- Examination of the health of the entire eye
As we reach middle age, particularly after age 40, it is common to start to experience difficulty with reading and performing other tasks that require near vision. This is because with age, the lens of our eye becomes increasingly inflexible, making it harder to focus on close objects.
Pediatric Eye Exams
According to experts, 80% of learning is visual, which means that if your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, his or her learning can be affected. This also goes for infants who develop and learn about the world around them through their sense of sight. To ensure that your children have the visual resources they need to grow and develop normally, their eyes and vision should be checked by an eye doctor at certain stages of their development.
Astigmatism is a common condition in which your eye isn’t completely round. Ideally, an eyeball is shaped like a perfectly round ball. Light comes into it and bends evenly, which gives you a clear view. But if your eye is shaped more like a football, light gets bent more in one direction than another. That means only part of an object is in focus. Things at a distance may look blurry and wavy. Astigmatism is easily corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses and on some occasions, surgery.
Sports eyewear can give you the performance edge you’re seeking for just about any sport such as tennis or racquetball or recreational activity like hunting and fishing.
Screening of Visual Fields
This instrument tests the function of your optic nerve by measuring your peripheral vision. Your optic nerve carries electrical messages from your retina to you brain. Results from this test can show the presence of diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma, or even a brain tumor. This test should be run every year since those conditions can develop at any age and at any time.
Measurement of Refractive Error
This instrument has a computerized laser which projects an image onto your retina in three different zones and estimates your prescription.
Tonopen – ICare
Your eyes produce and drain fluid 24 hours per day. This fluid nourishes the inner structures of the eye. There is a delicate balance between the production and drainage which is called intraocular pressure, or IOP. Elevated IOP can cause damage to the sensitive nerve tissue in the eye. This condition is called glaucoma which leads to blindness. It is paramount to measure this value annually since this disease has no symptoms.
Digital Retinal Screening
Internal Photos of the Eye
This instrument creates a high resolution Digital Retinal Screening. This new method of examining, documenting, and tracking retinal findings, is often without the use of dilation eye drops. It is more detailed and accurate than conventional hand drawn documentation. This should be done annually, since ocular health can change at any time, and often without symptoms. This differences between a conventional dilated exam and a Digital Retinal Screening exam are as follows:
- Conventional hand drawn documentation.
- Patient can not see the retina.
- Blurred vision and light sensitive for hours.
Digital Retinal Screening Exam:
- Vision unaffected.
- Permanent documentation of eye diseases, and established baseline images for comparison.
- Both patient and doctor can view images.
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