What Do You Know About Your Eye Health?
There’s a lot to know when it comes to your eyes. While many of us tend to focus on our vision quality and clarity, many different systems work together to bring you the sight you use today—and it’s important to make sure these systems are always performing their best.
With the help of our team, our goal is to give you a clear understanding of your eye health and how you can preserve your vision. And the first step is to have an eye exam.
Learn more about your eyes and book your next eye appointment with our team today.
Why Are Eye Exams Important?
Eye exams give our team a complete view of your eye health and vision, allowing us to detect and address potential issues. Early detection is the key to managing eye disease, so we recommend having regular eye exams to catch these problems before they lead to permanent symptoms.
We orient our eye exam according to your unique needs, ensuring our process is as comprehensive as possible. We look at various structures in your eyes for signs of eye disease during the exam, including your retina, macula, and optic disc.
Glaucoma is not one eye disease, but several.
Each version of glaucoma affects a part of your eye known as the optic nerve, which is responsible for transporting information from your eye to your brain. Glaucoma can damage the optic nerve and lead to permanent vision loss.
Most types of glaucoma develop when your intraocular pressure (IOP) rises to an unstable level, but others might not affect your IOP at all.
We can test for glaucoma by examining your optic nerve or by measuring your eye’s intraocular pressure using a technique called tonometry. We use 2 different tonometers:
Both devices calculate your IOP levels by gently pressing a small probe against your eye surface. The tonometers then measure the resistance to determine your eye pressure, helping us detect the potential risk of glaucoma.
Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common version of the disease, responsible for 70% to 90% of all glaucoma cases.
The disease typically develops when blockages form in your eye’s natural drainage system, also known as the trabecular meshwork. Over time, fluids will have difficulty draining from your eye, leading to higher IOP levels.
High IOP levels can affect your optic nerve, leading to potential vision loss.
It can occur when the drainage angle between your iris and lens closes or becomes blocked, which can rapidly increase your IOP levels. As a result, you may experience eye pain, nausea, vomiting, redness, and sudden vision loss.
If you risk developing glaucoma and experience these symptoms, please contact our team immediately.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in adults over 60.
The disease affects your macula, a part of your retina that provides the central vision you use to read, see fine details, and even recognize faces. Early symptoms can include blurry or distorted vision, but the disease can eventually cause permanent vision loss.
Our team can detect AMD by observing your macula during a comprehensive eye exam using optical coherence tomography and fundus photography technologies.
Dry macular degeneration is the most common form of the disease.
It occurs when small deposits of lipids, known as drusen, start to develop underneath your macula. Drusen can thin your macula over time, leading to permanent vision loss.
Dry Eye Disease
Dry eye disease affects up to 49 million Americans, causing numerous uncomfortable symptoms like irritation, wateriness, and grittiness.
However, if left untreated, dry eye symptoms can lead to corneal damage, increased eye infections, and overall lower quality of life.
You can learn more about dry eye and our treatment strategies by visiting our Dry Eye Therapy page.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetes is a common health condition that can increase the risk for several diseases, including those that affect your eyes.
If you have diabetes, we recommend having annual eye exams to help detect these issues before they cause permanent vision problems.
Visit our Diabetic Eye Exams page for more information about diabetes and how it can affect your eye health.
Learn More About Your Eyes
Early detection is the first step towards preserving your vision from eye disease.
Book an eye exam and get a clear understanding of your eyes and their needs with the help of our knowledgeable, compassionate team today.
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Our practice is located on Retail Drive by the Chick-fil-A, next to Capital Boulevard off of HWY 98. There is a parking available in the lot directly in front of our practice.
- 11724 Retail Dr
- Wake Forest, NC 27587
- Phone: 919-562-5559
Hours Of Operation
- Monday: 8:45 AM – 5:30 PM
- Tuesday: 8:45 AM – 5:30 PM
- Wednesday: 8:45 AM – 5:30 PM
- Thursday: 8:45 AM – 5:30 PM
- Friday: 8:45 AM – 5:30 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
Very courteous and professional. Explained the test to be preformed and took time to answer my questions. They are an awesome group of people!
Amazing experience here. I had my first ever eye exam and visit and everyone there was kind, patient, thoughtful an thorough answering all my questions. I really appreciated all the people who helped me and recommend this location to everyone!