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Comprehensive Eye Exams
When your eyes seem to be working just fine, it's all too easy to put off a long-overdue eye exam. But the uncomfortable truth is that many eye diseases and disorders give you no warning until they're already highly advanced, at which point you may have suffered some permanent vision loss. Even your everyday vision can change without your noticing due to subtle alterations in the way your eye refracts incoming light. That's why it's so important to schedule regular eye exams with our optometrist in Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach.
Here at Advanced Eyecare Center, we can ascertain the precise status of our patients' eye health through the use of state-of-the-art testing methods and equipment. These methods are quick and painless but amazingly informative, allowing our eye doctor to diagnose such common disorders as:
Cataracts - Most people eventually develop some degree of cataracts, an age-related thickening of the proteins in the lens that causes blurred vision, extra difficulty seeing in low light, hypersensitivity to glare and sparkly visual artifacts around bright lights. We can view cataracts using a brightly-lit instrument called a split lamp. Regular monitoring of the cataracts allows us to track their rate of development.
Macular degeneration - This disease of the macula (part of the retina) causes progressive loss of central vision while leaving peripheral vision intact. In addition to macular damage, some cases also involve an overgrowth of blood vessels that add to the visual impairment. We can detect early signs of macular degeneration by dilating your pupils and viewing your retinas under a microscope.
Glaucoma - Glaucoma is a disorder caused by too much fluid pressure inside the eyes. It is usually caused by blockage of the eye's natural drainage system, which allows fluid pressure to build until and eventually damage the optic nerve. A variety of tests can help our eye doctor check for glaucoma. Excess pressure can be detected by a simple puff of air (the "puff test"), or we can get more detailed data through a technique called electronic indentation tonometry.
Vision testing is another critical part of every comprehensive eye exam. Our eye care team will have you look through that familiar viewing device called a phoropter to evaluate your visual acuity. By having you read from an eye chart, we can determine how accurate your vision is at specific distances. This enables our eye doctor to experiment with different adjustments until you can see perfectly; this result is your current corrective lens prescription.
Now that you see why an eye exam is so essential, contact Advanced Eyecare Center to schedule that appointment. We want to be the go-to source for your family's eye care needs!
Your optometrists at Advanced Eyecare Center are pleased to serve Redondo Beach, South Bay, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo and surrounding areas.