Comprehensive Eye Health Examinations
It is important for our eye doctors, Dr. Sanderson to evaluate both your vision and your eye health. During the examination, she will perform a series of tests to determine if you need glasses and/or contact lenses to improve your sight. She will also ask you questions pertaining to your lifestyle and hobbies to determine any special needs you may have for your eyewear.
She will perform other tests to evaluate the function of your pupils, the ability of your eyes to work together, as well as your color vision and depth perception. She will then check the health of the external eye with a microscope and take a pressure reading to screen for glaucoma.
The examination will end by dilating the pupils to evaluate the internal structures of the eye, like the optic nerve and retinal blood vessels After all testing is complete, the doctor will discuss with you any health or visual problems, as well as their solutions. If indicated, she will recommend further testing and/or subsequent visits to investigate certain conditions.
We are pleased to inform you that during your next visit to Advanced EyeCare you will experience the benefits of the latest technology in primary eye care – the optomap® Retinal Exam. This scanning laser ophthalmoscope is a wellness screening tool that assists us in the evaluation of your retina. With the optomap® we can discover any abnormalities or confirm the health of your retina, diagnose any potentially harmful diseases and determine the best course of action.
An annual comprehensive eye exam is an important component of your health care regimen. These yearly check-ups enable us to test your vision and are also important to examine the inside and back area of your eye, known as the retina. The sensitive tissue that makes up the retina is susceptible to a variety of diseases that could lead to loss of vision or in some cases blindness. The early detection of any retinal abnormality is crucial to maintaining your ocular and systemic health. It is important to understand that in most cases of eye disease, in early stages, you will experience no signs or symptoms.
The optomap® Retinal Exam is a simple procedure. In less than a second with one click of a button, this instrument non-invasively generates a high resolution, digital, color image. This image becomes a part of your permanent medical record and enables us to enhance the digital image to see more of your retina, measure aspects of your eye and magnify some of the finer details. We can also track changes in your eye over time by comparing each year’s optomap®. In addition, you take a more active role in your eye care by reviewing the images with your doctor
Dr. Sanderson highly recommend you have an optomap® Retinal Exam during your next visit. The optomap® Retinal Exam contributes to our standard of care and improves patient education and satisfaction. At Advanced EyeCare, we are dedicated to offering our patients the best eye care possible. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!
Diagnosis and Treatment of Ocular Disease
In the course of your initial examination, our doctors may find something that needs special medical attention, such as dry eye, ocular allergies, or bacterial infections. All of these conditions need to be treated in order to make your eyes feel and see their best.
Dry eye syndrome is a very common condition affecting millions of Americans, and there are several ways that our doctors can treat it. Eye drops called artificial tears are the most common treatment, offering temporary relief and often used in conjunction with a moisturizing ointment at night. Other treatments include conserving the natural tears by permanent closure of the tear drains, using humidifiers, and some prescription medications. Our doctors will decide which treatment is best for you after a very thorough examination of your eyes.
Ocular allergies cause your eyes to itch and water, and can be treated with either artificial tears or prescription medications.
Bacterial infections cause your eyes to produce sticky mucus, become red, and feel irritated. Antibiotic eye drops are needed to get rid of the bacteria and protect the delicate tissues of the eye from damage. These infections may also be contagious, and our doctors will educate you on how to prevent spreading the infection to others.
Glaucoma Testing, Evaluation, and Treatment
Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the pressure inside the eye builds to an unsafe level, causing damage to the optic nerve which, if left untreated, will lead to a loss of peripheral vision and eventually, blindness. Dr. Sanderson will check the pressure inside your eye during each examination to make sure it is at a safe level for you.
If she sees damage to the optic nerve when she dilates your eyes, she will then perform a computerized test to see if you have any loss of central or peripheral vision. Our doctors will then decide if treatment is necessary. Treatment options include medications (either eye drops or pill) that will reduce pressure in the eyes, laser surgery to allow better fluid drainage from the eye, or other surgical treatments for those patients who do not respond to the more common therapies.
Our doctors are able to prescribe many medications; however, if surgical treatments are necessary, they will refer you to a glaucoma specialist and then resume your care after surgery is complete. At this time, there is no cure for glaucoma, but it can be controlled if detected early and closely monitored.
Refractive Surgery Evaluations and Peri-operative Care
One of the most popular ways to correct vision is with a procedure called LASIK, which uses a laser to change the curvature of the cornea. New advances in laser technology have made LASIK an option for those who are nearsighted, farsighted or who have astigmatism. If you wear glasses and/or contact lenses, you may be a candidate for surgery. Our doctors will discuss your options and will evaluate your ocular health, as well as your prescription and pupil size, to determine if you are indeed a good candidate.
After you and Dr. Sanderson decide that LASIK is right for you, she will send you to a surgeon to perform the procedure and then resume your care for the post-operative visits. If you are considering LASIK as an alternative to glasses and/or contacts, give our office a call to schedule a complimentary consultation. For those of you who do not qualify for the LASIK procedure, she will discuss other surgical possibilities.
Fitting, Adjustment, and Repair of Eyeglasses
At Advanced EyeCare of Madison, we pride ourselves on our service and selection of quality eyewear. Our opticians are proficient in fitting, adjusting and repair of eyeglasses. When fitting your glasses, they will carefully assist you in the selection of the frame that is right for you, and will examine Dr. Sanderson’s prescription to assure that you are getting a lens that is most suited to you.
Again, our opticians will ask questions pertaining to your lifestyle and hobbies to determine any special needs you may have for your eyewear. After deciding which frames and which lenses are best, they will carefully take measurements to assure that the lenses are aligned properly in the frame. When you come to pick up your new glasses, we will adjust the frame to ensure a comfortable fit. If anything ever happens to your glasses and they need repairing, just stop by and let us fix them; if the glasses are beyond repair, we will offer solutions for your particular need.