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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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    Association Bowden Eye
    1215 Dunn Ave Ste 9, Jacksonville, FL 32218
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    (904) 696-9486
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    Mayfair Memorial Opticians
    3636 University Blvd S Ste A1, Jacksonville, FL 32216
    Our opticians provide quality eye care, tests and exams. We offer prescriptions for eye glasses and sun glasses. This is a 3rd generation, family-owned business that has been serving the area since 1946.
    (904) 345-3937
    Bob Ham Eyewear
    9760 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32257
    Serving Jacksonville for over 30 years with a reputation built on unsurpassed customer service and satisfaction. A wide variety of eyewear and sunwear including exclusive designer frames. Registered dealer of Maui Jim and Costa Del Mar sunglasses.
    (904) 268-5949
    Weber James DR & Associates PA
    6830 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32205
    (904) 783-0072
    Dana M Nolan OD
    3588 Saint Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205
    (904) 388-7767
    Vue Optical Boutique
    3588 Saint Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205
    (904) 388-7767
    Akel & Favale
    953 Lane Ave S, Jacksonville, FL 32205
    Not seeing things clearly can be a problem. That's true for patients and for optometrists. Our Jacksonville eye doctors see the big picture.
    (904) 786-4442
    Paul T Fulghum DR Optmrst
    4225 Lakeside Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32210
    (904) 387-5704
    Robert Gerson DR
    3737 Blanding Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32210
    (904) 771-8321
    L Phillips Robert O D PA
    1580 Blanding Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32210
    (904) 387-0025
    Pearle Vision Center
    4495 Roosevelt Blvd Ste 101, Jacksonville, FL 32210
    (904) 388-0948
    Feldman Stuart
    580 W 8th St, Jacksonville, FL 32209
    (904) 355-0115
    Paul T Fulghum DR
    4070 Herschel St, Jacksonville, FL 32210
    (904) 387-5704
    Steven H Schwartz DR
    3 Shircliff Way Ste 122, Jacksonville, FL 32204
    (904) 388-3109
    Potochick J Anthony OD PA
    2036 Forbes St, Jacksonville, FL 32204
    (904) 387-4057

    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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