Family Eye Care Fort Myers
Elmquist Eye Group provides the very best in family eye care in Fort Myers and Cape Coral. Our doctors provide individualized, state-of-the-art care to every patient young and old in a comfortable and friendly environment.
From comprehensive eye exams to the diagnosis and treatment of common vision problems to complex eye diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease, Elmquist Eye Group will provide your family with the latest treatments to meet all of your eye care needs.
Dr. Trevor Elmquist is an experienced board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in general ophthalmology and cataract surgery. His skills are regarded among the best in the nation, as evidenced by his selection as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Kate Wagner, OD, his partner, and Nina Burt, OD, are skilled board certified optometrists.
Elmquist Eye Group also offers a full optometric boutique with the latest in eyewear designs and lens technology, and a team of knowledgeable, licensed opticians who can assist you in selecting frames and lenses that fit your unique lifestyle and personality.
Common Vision Problems
The most common vision problems are refractive errors, in which the shape of the eye, the shape of the cornea, or the aging of the lens change the way light focuses on the retina. Most refractive errors can affect both children and adults, and include:
- Myopia – Also known as nearsightedness, people with this refractive error have difficulty seeing distant objects clearly. Myopia affects about 25% of Americans and can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or surgery.
- Hyperopia – Also known as farsightedness, most people with hyperopia have difficulty seeing close objects clearly; however, some people experience blurry vision for objects at any distance, near or far. Hyperopia affects 5 to 10% of Americans and can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or surgery.
- Astigmatism –This condition occurs when the cornea, which is normally shaped like a basketball, is curved more like a football. It can cause images to appear blurry and stretched out. It’s possible to have a mild case of astigmatism and not know it. Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or surgery.
- Presbyopia –This condition makes it difficult to focus up close, and typically occurs as we age. It is most common in adults over the age of 35. The simplest and safest way to correct presbyopia is with eyeglasses.
How Vision Problems Are Detected
Refractive errors can be found during a comprehensive dilated eye exam. The exam involves the dilation of the pupils with eye drops which gives your eye doctor a clear view of the tissues at the back of your eye, including the retina, the macula, and the optic nerve.
Other components of the comprehensive dilated eye exam include tonometry, which helps detect glaucoma, visual field tests that measure your peripheral (side) vision, and visual acuity tests that assess how well you see at different distances.
Even if you think your eyes are healthy, a comprehensive eye examination is the only way to be sure.
If you notice any changes in your vision, or experience headaches, eye strain, problems seeing objects at any distance, problems reading fine print, or problems driving at night, you should visit an eye care professional.
Elmquist Eye Group has been providing family eye care in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and throughout Southwest Florida since 1992. Call (239) 936-2020 to schedule an eye exam, and find out how we can help you maintain healthy eyes.