Routine eye exams are important regardless of your age! During your comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Tashner will determine your prescription for your glasses or contacts and will also check for common eye diseases. If a common eye disease is found, Dr. Tashner will help assess, prescribe and treat the disease.
What To Expect
A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes. These tests include having you read an eye chart and complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.
Dr. Tashner recommends stopping in every year to have a comprehensive eye exam in order to assess your risk for potentially damaging eye conditions and to stay on top of changes in the vision you may be experiencing.
Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels and the light-sensitive tissue in the retina. This specific condition can develop in individuals with type 1 or 2 diabetes. Although diabetic retinopathy may have little to no symptoms at first, it can eventually lead to blindness. Careful management of your diabetes is the best way to prevent any vision loss. Dr. Tashner recommends scheduling yearly eye exams to manage your eye health and diabetic retinopathy.
It is important to let Dr. Tashner know of your diabetic history before an examination, so he can best treat and prescribe solutions that could help prevent further vision loss. Ask Dr. Tashner about further treatment today!
Macular Degeneration is a disease that has potential to cause loss of central vision. Central Vision is utilized in a specialized area of the retina called the macula, the part of the eye that is most used for reading an driving. Macular degeneration is most often caused by old age.
During your comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Tashner will check for warning signs of macular degeneration and help you manage the disease over time. Dr. Tashner will check your eyes for little white spots in the retina called drusen, which can be a sure sign of macular degeneration.
Glaucoma is caused by the pressure in your eye being too high, which can cause nerve damage. Unfortunately, you cannot sense when your eye pressure is too high. Glaucoma testing is one of the top reasons why regular eye exams are so important! If left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness.
Dr. Tashner will do multiple tests at your annual eye exam to check various factors related to the diagnosis of glaucoma. If some of these tests show abnormal results, Dr. Tashner will then schedule you for more in-depth testing to help you manage your glaucoma.
Dry eye syndrome develops when your eyes do not produce and maintain enough tears to keep the eye’s surface lubricated. This can be due to a reduction in tear production or from a lack of oil glands in the eyelids. The effects can range from minor dryness and discomfort to pain, blurred vision and frequent infections.
Symptoms can include:
- Dry, itchy eyes
- Burning or stinging
- Watery eyes
- Blurred vision
Dr. Tashner can help you manage your dry eye by prescribing artificial tears or lubricant eye drops. Other dry eye cases are managed with a heated compress mask, specialty eyelid scrubs or antibiotic ointment. Ask Dr. Tashner today about your options for your dry eye treatment!