At Cascade vision center, we believe that annual eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss.
A comprehensive adult eye and vision examination may include, but is not limited to, patient history, visual acuity, visual field screening, eye pressures, keratometry, refraction, eye health evaluation and other supplemental testing. Individual patient signs and symptoms, along with the professional judgment of the doctor, may significantly influence the testing done.
At the completion of the examination, our eye doctor will assess and evaluate the results of the testing to determine a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. He will discuss with you the nature of any visual or eye health problems found and explain available treatment options. In some cases, referral for consultation with, or treatment by, another optometrist or other health care provider may be indicated.
Some conditions of the eye require either Over-The-Counter or prescription eye drops for treatment. Prescription eye drops used to treat infections include: antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and steroid drops. Some patients may also experience significant eye allergies and low-dose allergy drops are utilized to help with patient comfort. Lastly, patients with glaucoma are treated with a variety of medications to lower eye pressure and slow the progression of the disease.
Other medical conditions of the eyes do not require eye drops. Some of these conditions can be treated by vitamin supplements or simply by cleaning along the eyelids. Other conditions may require minor in-office procedures or referral to an ophthalmologist for surgical intervention.