Eye Exam Cape Coral
It’s not always easy to decide when to schedule an eye exam. Below is a list of common eye problems that may affect any one of your family members along with our recommendations for handling them when they arise.
Elmquist Eye Group has been serving Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and communities throughout Southwest Florida since 1992. We are proud to offer a unique blend of expert eye care and a passion for providing the best service to our patients.
Dr. E. Trevor Elmquist and his associates, Dr. Kate Wagner, partner, and Dr. Nina Burt, provide complete eye care services. Dr. Elmquist is an experienced board certified ophthalmologist, and Drs. Wagner and Burt are board certified optometrists. The skilled team offers a wide range of services, from routine eye exams for glasses to bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery.
Common Eye Problems
- Eye twitching – Eye twitches are usually normal and painless. However, if the twitching is constant or makes it difficult for you to keep your eyes open, it could cause severe vision impairment. If this happens, contact Elmquist Eye Group for an eye exam as soon as possible.
- Eye tearing – Excessive tears can be caused by an uncomfortable contact lens or by other conditions, such as dry eye syndrome. Most of the time there is no cause for concern. However, if the eye is swollen or tender when touched, or the tearing is accompanied by a fever, you should schedule an exam with your eye doctor.
- Blurred vision –When vision becomes blurry, it may be a sign of a serious eye problem. If you are diabetic and notice changes in your vision, be sure to contact your eye doctor to discuss the problem.
- “Pink eye” –If you notice pink coloring in the white part of the eye which is often accompanied by mucus, it may be a condition called conjunctivitis, which is also known as “pink eye”. This condition is very contagious. Avoid touching the eye, and try warm compresses and over-the-counter eye drops. If there is no improvement, make an appointment with your eye doctor.
- Burning, itchy eyes – If you notice itchiness, redness, and stinging or burning of the eye and/or eyelids, this could be an annoying condition called blepharitis. Try washing the eye gently and applying warm compresses. If it persists, it could be associated with an eye infection, dry eyes or another condition. Your eye doctor can help you decide on the best treatment.
If you are over 40 years old, it becomes more important for you to have a regular eye exam to detect possible age-related eye conditions which may have no symptoms at all. Here are some other conditions to watch for:
- Cloudy vision – If it has become more difficult to read, watch television, or work on your computer, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, your should schedule an eye examination to find out if you have a cataract.
- Loss of peripheral vision – A decrease in your side to side vision may be a sign that you are experiencing the early stages of glaucoma. When detected and treated at an early stage, glaucoma can be controlled, so make an appointment with Elmquist Eye Group to discuss the treatment options.
- Dull colors and blurred images – If colors seem blurry and washed out or dull, you may have the early symptoms of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Schedule an appointment for a dilated eye exam as soon as possible.
- Floaters and flashes of light– A few floating spots and specks are normal as we age. However, a large increase in spots along with bright flashes of light may signal a detached retina. Make an appointment for an eye exam right away.
When it comes to your eye health, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Schedule an eye exam with Elmquist Eye Group in Cape Coral or Fort Myers to put your mind at ease. Call us today at (239) 936-2020 for an appointment.