Comprehensive Eye Exams in Fort Myers, FL

A comprehensive eye exam is your best defense against potentially vision robbing diseases. Many vision problems have no outward symptoms, but if left untreated, can cause permanent blindness. When seeing Dr. Aouchiche and the physicians at West Coast Eye Care, please know that your well-being is our main concern. Our staff of providers is well-respected and experienced.
Your exam will begin with a careful history of your problems and review of any neurologic or medical problems that could be relevant to your visit. This is followed by a complete examination of the front and back of the eye. This may require dilation of the pupil.
Additional testing may be done if the doctor feels you require a more in-depth assessment. These may include but are not limited to a visual field, glaucoma testing, and dilated retina exam. At the end of your testing the doctor will discuss with you any concerns, conditions or further steps that need to be taken should a condition be discovered.
This may include further testing or surgery. At this time please feel free to ask or discuss any eye issues that you may have or feel that you may be at risk for. As always your eye health and well-being is our main concern.

Visual Field Exam

Some vision disorders can decrease the patient's field of vision. Patients may not be able to see items to the right or left of central vision, which can cause a very dangerous situation when driving or walking. If loss of peripheral vision is suspected, a visual field test may be conducted. This test measures the eyes ability to detect a spot of light as it enters into the line of vision. The patient looks into a screen and presses a button as soon as he or she detects the light ray. Decreased field of vision can be caused by many different eye problems including glaucoma, droopy eyelids, and sometimes cataracts or retina disorders.

Glaucoma Exam

Glaucoma is a disease that occurs when pressure inside the eye increases to a dangerous point causing damage to the optic nerve. Patients suffering from glaucoma suffer from a decreasing level of peripheral or side vision. Eventually, glaucoma will allow only a pinhole of sight resulting in blindness.
It is caused when the fluid in the eye is either not draining properly or the eye is producing too much fluid. It is a completely silent thief of sight that can only be detected by a special eye exam. Early detection is most certainly the best means of preventing blindness from glaucoma.
Patients are given eye-numbing drops, allowing a machine with a round lighted circle to press against the eye without any pain or discomfort. This measures the pressure within the eye. If pressure is high, additional tests may be administered to determine if glaucoma is the diagnosis. Glaucoma treatments can range from eye drops to surgery with the goal of reducing pressure in the eye and stopping the progression of the glaucoma.
West Coast Eye Care in Fort Myers, Florida, offers many comprehensive eye exams. To learn more, call (239) 466-3111.