Best Eye Doctor Lee County
If you are looking for the best eye doctor in Lee County for your family’s eye care, consider Elmquist Eye Group. We have proudly provided first class eye care in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and all of Southwest Florida since 1992. State of the art technology, specialized equipment, and a skilled team of doctors allows us to provide you with an unsurpassed level of care.
Trevor Elmquist, DO, is a skilled ophthalmologist who is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He served as an ophthalmology resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and as Chief of the eye clinic at Homestead Air Force Base before opening Elmquist Eye Group 22 years ago. Dr. Elmquist specializes in general ophthalmology and cataract surgery, and is one of America’s Top Doctors, selected by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
His partner, Kate Wagner, OD, and his associate, Nina Burt, OD, are both board certified optometrists who provide complete eye care services. Together, the team at Elmquist Eye Group has the expertise to care for anyone in your family from children to seniors.
When Was Your Last Eye Exam?
If you don’t remember your last eye exam, you may be passing up your best chance of protecting your eyesight. A thorough examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist is the only way to ensure that your eyes are healthy.
There are many conditions that threaten your eyesight, such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration, but show few symptoms in their early stages. Catching them early can result in successful treatment. Even if you think your eyes are healthy, regular eye exams are important for detecting and treating problems before they lead to vision loss.
Guidelines for an Eye Exam
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Optometric Association (AOA) have established guidelines for how often individuals of varying ages and risks should have eye exams. We’ve summarized them below:
- Children should have an assessment for eye problems as infants and then at all subsequent routine health visits.
- Adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease should have a comprehensive eye exam at age 40 if they have not had a previous exam.
- Adults who are 40 to 54 years old without signs or risk factors but who have had an eye exam should continue to be examined every 2 to 4 years.
- For adults aged 55 to 64 years old, the recommended interval for eye exams is 1 to 3 years.
- For adults 65 years old or older, the recommended interval for eye exams is every 1 to 2 years, even in the absence of symptoms.
- Adults who are at higher risk for certain diseases, such as African-Americans and Hispanics who are at higher risk for glaucoma, should be examined more frequently.
- Adults of any age who develop type 2 diabetes should have an eye exam annually.
- People who wear contact lenses should have annual eye exams.
- At any age, if you notice changes in your vision between eye exams, you should contact your eye doctor right away.
A comprehensive exam involves an evaluation of all of your eye’s structures. It also requires that your pupils be dilated, enabling your eye doctor to view the inside of your eye. Once dilated, we examine each eye with a special magnifying lens that provides a clear view of important tissues at the back of the eye, including the retina, the macula, and the optic nerve.
Your eye health is important to us at Elmquist Eye Group. We offer the best team of eye doctors in Lee County to provide you with individualized care and help prevent vision loss. Schedule your eye exam today by calling us at (239) 936-2020.