Best Eye Centers in Fort Myers
As you search for the best eye centers in Fort Myers, consider Elmquist Eye Group. We are a team of compassionate, concerned physicians who take a genuine interest in your eye health and provide valuable advice.
During the past 25 years, patients from across Southwest Florida have visited Elmquist Eye Group for the highest quality eye care, including evaluation and treatment or surgery for cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, and other eye conditions that affect everyone from children to seniors.
E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, founder of Elmquist Eye Group, is an experienced ophthalmologist who is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Elmquist’s talented team includes his partner, Kate Wagner, OD, a board certified optometrist, and his associates, Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, a board certified ophthalmologist whose areas of expertise refractive cataract surgery and eyelid surgery, and Nina Burt, OD, a board certified optometrist. Together we provide a full spectrum of eye care services in a comfortable and caring setting.
Why You Need an Eye Exam
Having your eyes examined is an important part of any overall preventive health care plan. A comprehensive dilated eye exam is often the only way to detect conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, which may have no symptoms in the early stages. With early detection, these conditions can be treated, reducing your risk of vision loss.
For example, studies show that one of every three people with diabetes is not aware that 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.
When to Have a Dilated Eye Exam
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends annual comprehensive dilated eye exams starting at age 60. African-Americans are at higher risk for developing glaucoma, however, so annual dilated eye exams should start at age 40. And all individuals with diabetes should have a dilated eye exam at least once a year.
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 you have healthy eyes, a comprehensive eye examination is the only way to know for sure.
Schedule an appointment today with Elmquist Eye Group, one of the best eye centers in Fort Myers, by calling (239) 936-2020. We have the expertise to care for anyone in your family, from children to seniors.