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Optometry Terms to Know

If you have an appointment scheduled with your optometrist or eye physician, you may want to first familiarize yourself with some important terms and definitions. The following terminology will help you better communicate with your physician and get the best care for your vision.

  • Astigmatism - An astigmatism is a condition caused by a misshapen eyeball. When there is a bulge in the eye, the refraction of light is not uniform in all directions. The result is blurred vision. If the astigmatism is minor, the patient may not notice the problem. Larger astigmatisms will result in blurred vision and headaches. Treatment includes corrective lenses or even corrective surgery.
  • Retina - The retina is one of the more important elements of your eye. It is the devise that creates your vision, essentially. The retina is light-sensitive and takes perceived images to convert them to electrical impulses which are sent to your brain for decoding.
  • Glaucoma - Glaucoma is a common medical issue that is caused by excess pressure within the eyeball. This pressure can damage the optical nerve and retina, but is treatable with either medication or surgery.
  • Myopia - During a routine medical care screening with your optometrist is the best time to be tested for myopia. Myopia, or nearsightedness, can be diagnosed when the doctor examines your eye. Corrective or contact lenses can treat the condition.
  • Hyperopia - Hyperopia is the opposite of nearsightedness and happens when the patient has trouble focusing on objects that are close as opposed to far away. Again, treatment is corrective lenses or glasses.
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    Scottsboro Vision Center
    323 Parks Ave, Scottsboro, AL 35768
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    (256) 259-6507
    User Review: "Great man friendly people love them kids did also thank you dr holland"
    Dalton Optometry
    415 W Crawford Street, Dalton, GA 30720
    Dalton Optometry in Dalton, GA provides personalized, top quality vision and eye care health for every patient. Please come visit us today!
    (706) 278-6113
    Charles D Chadwell DR
    428 N Carlisle St Ste C, Albertville, AL 35950
    (256) 894-5955
    Randall W Hoerth DR Optmtrst
    200 S Hambrick St, Albertville, AL 35950
    (256) 878-3024
    Bill H Mitchell DR
    311 N Broad St, Albertville, AL 35950
    (256) 878-9181
    Eye Care Associates Inc
    7419 Us Highway 431, Albertville, AL 35950
    (256) 878-0085
    Eye Med Plus
    428 N Carlisle St Ste C, Albertville, AL 35950
    (256) 894-5955
    Mark A Davis DR
    510 N Main St, Boaz, AL 35957
    (256) 593-1986
    Advanced Eyecare
    2378 Us Highway 431, Boaz, AL 35957
    (256) 593-4141
    Mark L Turk DR
    2378 Us Highway 431, Boaz, AL 35957
    (256) 593-4141
    Guntersville Eye Clinic
    1521 Gunter Ave, Guntersville, AL 35976
    (256) 582-3146
    Brian D Baxter OD
    1436 Gunter Ave, Guntersville, AL 35976
    (800) 221-4379
    Retina Specialist of North Alabama
    1436 Gunter Ave, Guntersville, AL 35976
    (256) 505-6916
    Clinic for Vision PC
    418 Martling Rd, Albertville, AL 35951
    (256) 878-4201
    DR Tim Nichols Doctor
    418 Martling Rd, Albertville, AL 35951
    (256) 878-4201

    Our eyes are very important, and therefore, our eye care must be exceptional to maintain them. Many people see eye doctors to treat eye-related problems, have surgery, get tests, and receive treatment. Often times, patients visit a trusted optometric physician, abbreviated as OD (Doctor of Optometry), for care. These doctors can diagnose and treat any issues pertaining to the eye and related systems. Some older people may suffer from cataracts and glaucoma, while youngsters may have problems with conjunctivitis and other infections. Optometric physicians can examine, diagnose, prescribe, and treat a variety of ailments, from blurred vision and optic nerve damage, to eye disease and retina impairments. Those who have near or far sightedness may be prescribed corrective lenses or contacts to improve vision. Some need simple reading glasses while others need contacts to wear during the day. Optometric physicians may also be able to perform surgery, such as laser vision correction and other procedures. They provide routine exams as well. These eye care tests can involve reading wall charts, evaluations by state-of-the-art machines, drops, and other tests. Most health care insurance plans cover eye care as part of their offerings, or at least offer a separate add-on package for this area. Patients who would like to seek out a new optometric physician (OD), ophthalmologist, or optometrist can first ask their primary care physician for referrals. It's important to keep in mind that optometric physicians are different from opticians, who are not doctors and cannot perform surgery. They are essentially specialists who fit people with eyeglasses and contact lenses; an optometrist or ophthalmologist can treat patients, give exams, and write prescriptions.
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