Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool in maintaining eye health by detecting and preventing disease. Early detection of eye diseases can allow for a choice of treatment options and reduced risk of permanent damage. At Lakeway Eye Physicians and Surgeons, a comprehensive dilated eye exam is performed on every new patient to evaluate the overall health of the eyes. This is also performed on a one to two year basis depending on the patient’s age and underlying conditions.
Healthy Eye Exams
Common Eye Conditions
The most common eye conditions diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam involve refractive errors that cause blurry vision for patients. These conditions affect millions of people in the US and often get progressively worse as the patient ages. Fortunately, refractive errors can be easily treated with glasses or contacts to let patients enjoy clear vision at all distances.
- Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a vision condition in which nearby objects are clear and distant objects appear blurry. This may be caused by excess corneal curvature or an oblong rather than a spherical shape to the eye, both of which affect the way light is bent upon entering the eye and whether or not it focuses properly on the retina. Myopia affects nearly one-third of all people in the US to some degree, with symptoms usually appearing before the age of 20. Patients with myopia have difficulty focusing on objects in the distance, such as a chalkboard or TV.
- Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is a condition in which the eye focuses on distant objects better than on objects closer to the eye, so nearby objects appear blurry. This happens when light rays refract, or bend, incorrectly in the eye. The eye is designed to focus images directly on the surface of the retina, but when the cornea is incorrectly curved light rays focus behind the surface, producing a blurry image.
- Astigmatism is a deviation of the curvature of the cornea from a perfect sphere, like a baseball, to one that is slightly pointed, like a football. As a result, light isn’t focused properly onto the retina and the patient’s vision is blurry. It’s just another reason many of us need glasses. In addition to blurry vision, patients with astigmatism may also experience headaches, eye strain and fatigue. The severity of symptoms depends on the degree of astigmatism in the eyes.
All of these vision conditions can be effectively corrected through eyeglasses and contact lenses. We offer patients a wide selection of eyeglasses, frames, lenses and contact lenses in our Optical shop.
Dr Stancey and staff are the best! They take care of my whole family.Dan A.
My husband and I were seen by Dr. Stancey on Wednesday 5/11/16. We were very impressed with her and her services. She took the time to answer all our questions and concerns. The office staff were very friendly, kind, and knowledgeable too. We chose the right Doctor this time!Lottie M.
My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Stancey for over eight years. My husband has diabetes and has his exam faithfully every year. I have been known to skip a year (bad girl). Recently I had an eye problem on a Friday night. I called Dr. Stancey’s service, and she returned my call within minutes. Then she called the next day to check on me. I was so impressed! Her honest care and concern meant so much to me. She is always so knowledgeable and we have great confidence in her. I find her office staff to be professional, kind and always so helpful. We always get our eyeglasses at the Optical Shoppe and have always been pleased with the service and quality of the products offered.Barb M.