Eye Doctor Cape Coral
Finding a good eye doctor in Cape Coral or Fort Myers will help you safeguard your precious eyesight and maintain a lifetime of good overall health.
Elmquist Eye Group has been serving Lee County and Southwest Florida for more than 20 years. E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, his partner, Kate Wagner, OD, and his associate, Nina Burt, OD, provide a complete range of eye care services, including comprehensive eye exams and diagnosis and treatment of cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, dry eyes, glaucoma, presbyopia, myopia, hyperopia and other eye conditions.
Dr. Elmquist is an experienced board certified ophthalmologist. He specializes in general ophthalmology and cataract surgery. He has been selected as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. based on nominations from other physicians. Drs. Wagner and Burt are skilled board certified optometrists. We also have a full optometric boutique that offers a wide range of eyeglass options.
Value of Eye Exams
Comprehensive eye exams are recommended once every two years for optimum eye health. Eyesight changes very gradually over time and you may be unaware that you need a stronger prescription. Your eye doctor will also test you to look for signs of cataracts, glaucoma or retinal problems.
He or she may also discover other health issues you may not even be aware that you have, such as:
- Diabetes — Studies show that one of every three people with diabetes doesn’t know they have the disease. Your eye doctor may be the first to detect the symptoms by looking at the blood vessels in the retina of your eyes. A condition known as diabetic retinopathy can damage retinal tissues and lead to impaired vision or even blindness, if left untreated.
- Hypertension — Your eye doctor can detect hypertension or high blood pressure by looking at the blood vessels in the eye. Without treatment, hypertension can lead to blurred vision, damage to the optic nerve, glaucoma, and vision loss.
- Autoimmune disorders — If the eye or optic nerve is inflamed, it may be a sign of Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, or another autoimmune disorder.
- High cholesterol — High cholesterol can cause blockages in the blood vessels, including those in the eyes. Eye doctors typically look for evidence of yellowish corneas or plaque in the blood vessels of the retina as telltale signs.
- Vitamin A Deficiency — Vitamin A deficiency is rare in people who get enough fruits and veggies in their diets. However, a deficiency could cause night blindness and vision loss. Your eye doctor will check the surface of your eye for signs of damage.
- Cancer — If your eye doctor notices signs of unusual changes in your eye, he or she may refer you to a specialist. A rare form of cancer called ocular melanoma can develop in the cells that make pigment in the eye. Early detection is the best way to keep your eyes and body healthy.
Your eyes are windows to your health and can be affected by many diseases, but they are easy to examine. Don’t wait until you experience vision problems to make that all-important appointment for an eye exam.
Your eye doctor in Cape Coral or Fort Myers will check for signs and symptoms of many different vision and health problems. Make an appointment today with Elmquist Eye Group by calling (239) 936-2020.