We Look Out for Your Healthy Eyes and Vision!
Clear eyesight is not a guarantee that your eyes are healthy. Only a comprehensive eye exam can diagnose or rule out eye disease. That’s why routine check-ups of your eyes are so important! Age doesn’t matter, from infants to retirees – everyone needs to have their eyes examined regularly by a qualified professional. At Plaza Optometry, we’ll perform thorough eye examinations for all members of your family, in our convenient Santa Ana office.
Our eye doctor, Dr. Ali Mohebbi, is experienced and skilled at examining eyes for any signs of abnormalities. Using the latest diagnostic technology, he will inspect for many common eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinal issues. If you suffer from an irritating condition, such as dry eyes, ocular allergies or computer vision syndrome, he will assess your eyes to determine the most suitable treatment. We’ll also conduct a complete evaluation of your visual system, to make sure that all parts of your visual system are working effectively. Our comprehensive eye exam evaluates the health of your visual system in the same way that a full physical assesses your overall health condition.
We strive to make your experience in our Santa Ana clinic as pleasant and efficient as can be. With progressive tools and techniques, such as digital retinal imaging, the Optomap exam, corneal mapping and OCT scans, you’ll receive the best and most comfortable eye care services. To take preventive action for the health of your eyes and vision, contact us to schedule an appointment today!
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What happens during an eye health exam in Santa Ana?
Every patient is a unique individual, and we customize our tests to match your requirements. To begin, Dr. Mohebbi will meet with you to discuss your eye history and visual expectations. This is the time to share info with us about any medications, visual concerns and family history. Depending upon your situation, our examination of your eyes may include:
A patient history really helps to establish all symptoms the individual is experiencing, at what time they began, the presence of any kind of fundamental heath conditions, prescription medications being taken and occupational or environmental conditions that may be affecting vision. Dr. Mohebbi will likely ask about any eye or vision problems you may be having, and about your overall health. The optometrist will also ask about any former eye or health issues that affected you or your family. Preliminary testing of your eye mobility, your pupils’ response to light, peripheral and color vision.
Reading charts are often used to determine visual acuity.Visual acuity measurements analyze how precisely each eye is seeing. As a component of the testing, you are usually asked to read letters on distance and near reading charts. The outcomes of visual acuity testing are written as a fraction like 20/40. When assessing distance vision, the top number in the fraction is the common distance at which evaluating is done, twenty feet. The lower number is the smallest letter size you were able to read. A person with 20/40 visual acuity would have to get within twenty feet of a letter that should be seen at 40 feet to see it properly. Standard distance visual acuity is 20/20.
Preliminary testing at Plaza Optometry may include investigation of specified elements of visual performance and eye health such as depth perception, color vision, eye muscle movements, peripheral or side vision, and the way your pupils react to light.
This test computes the curvature of the cornea, the transparent outside area of the eye, by directing a circle of light on the cornea and measuring its reflection. This measurement is extremely significant in figuring out the appropriate fit for contact lenses.
Ascertaining refractive error with a phoropter and retinoscopeRefraction is performed to establish the applicable lens power needed to compensate for any refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism). Making use of an instrument called a phoropter, Dr. Mohebbi places a set of lenses before your eyes and assesses how they focus light utilizing a hand held lighted instrument termed a retinoscope. The optometrist may decide to utilize an automated instrument that automatically analyzes the focusing strength of the eye. The power is then refined by the person’s feedback to determine the lenses that provide for the best vision.
For you to have healthy, functional sight, eyes need to team and work together smoothly and efficiently. We’ll assess your binocularity/eye teaming skills. We’ll also evaluate your accommodation ability, which refers to how well your eyes focus.
We’ll meet with you to share the findings of your comprehensive eye exam and to determine the most appropriate treatments for your ocular condition.
Tonometry evaluates eye pressure. Elevated pressure in the eye signifies a heightened chance for glaucoma. Exterior examination of the eye includes evaluation of the cornea, eyelids, conjunctiva and bordering eye tissue utilizing intense light and magnification. Appraisal of the lens, retina and posterior part of the eye might be done using a dilated pupil to provide a better picture of the internal structures of the eye.
Additional testing might be called for based upon the outcomes of the other tests to prove or eliminate possible issues, to resolve ambiguous findings, or to supply a more thorough analysis.At the completion of the exam, your eye doctor will assess and evaluate the final results of the testing to establish a diagnosis and make a treatment plan. Your eye doctor will review with you the features of any optical or eye health issue identified and describe available treatment options. In some cases, recommendation for consultation with, or treatment by, another optometrist or other health care professional might be indicated.
When should you schedule your eye exams?
If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, you’re advised to have eye health evaluations performed annually. After age 40, all adults should follow this recommendation, even if you don’t need vision correction. As the risk of many common eye conditions rises after age 60, you should consult with your eye doctor about how frequently to schedule your eye examinations at this stage of life. Note that specific risk factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, are reasons to have eye exams performed more regularly; consult with Dr. Mohebbi for guidance about your personal situation.
With kids, eye exams should begin at 6 months old. The next ocular assessment should be performed at 3 years old, and then prior to entering school at age 5-6. During school years, follow-up exams are recommended for every 2 years. However, if your child requires eyeglasses or contacts, more frequent check-ups will be required. Certain pediatric risk factors also indicate a need for more regular eye exams. It’s advised to speak with our eye doctor if your child has any of the following factors:
- Premature birth
- Past eye injury
- Developmental delays
- Crossed eyes
- Family history of eye disease
- Other physical diseases