Vision Exam Fort Myers
If you are experiencing eye or vision problems of any kind, schedule an appointment for an exam with Elmquist Eye Group in Fort Myers so that we can answer your questions and address any concerns you may have about your eyes.
Since 1992, Elmquist Eye Group has provided quality eye care services in Cape Coral and Fort Myers for the whole family, from children to seniors. Our doctors utilize the safest, most advanced techniques to protect, restore and enhance your vision.
We provide a full spectrum of eye care services, including comprehensive eye examinations and vision tests, diagnose and treat eye diseases, such as cataracts and glaucoma, identify health problems that can be detected in the eyes (i.e., diabetes and high blood pressure), and prescribe and dispense glasses and contact lenses.
Why Dilated Eye Exams are Important
Dilation is an important part of a comprehensive eye exam because it enables your eye doctor to view the entire inside of your eye. This allows him or her to diagnose problems and conditions that often have no early warning signs.
Eye drops are placed in the eye to widen (dilate) the pupil, the opening in the center of the iris, and allow more light into the eye. Think of it like opening a door to let light into a dark room instead of limiting your view to only what you can see through the keyhole.
Glaucoma: A comprehensive dilated eye exam is important for detecting glaucoma, a disease that damages the optic nerve which relays information from the eyes to the brain. The dilated exam may show changes in the shape and color of the optic nerve fibers.
Diabetic Retinopathy: This is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. The dilated eye exam may show swelling, leaking, or abnormal growth in the blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. These changes may indicate the onset of diabetic retinopathy.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): AMD is a common cause of vision loss and blindness in people over age 50. A dilated exam will help the eye doctor detect abnormal growth of blood vessels or deposits called drusen beneath the retina. These changes may indicate the deterioration of the macula, which is required for sharp, central vision.
In addition to these conditions, there are many others that require pupil dilation, such as the detection of a retinal tear or detachment, or an ocular tumor.
Elmquist Eye Group in Fort Myers will provide you with a vision exam and an unsurpassed level of care. Schedule an appointment today by calling us at (239) 936-2020. Even if you think you have healthy eyes, a comprehensive eye examination is the only way to know for sure.