Many of Dr. Anderson’s patients come in for an eye exam to make sure their eyes remain healthy and to receive an updated eyeglasses or contact lens prescription. At your first visit, you will undergo a complete Ocular Analysis using a panel of the most advanced and proven diagnostic technology available. This is a 60 minute experience where several tests are performed to build a complete and accurate picture of your eye health. A medical technician will guide you through the visit and answer any questions you may have. All the tests are pain free and similar to have a photo taken of your eye. You’ll then meet with Dr. Anderson who will perform a review of your test results and develop a personalized treatment plan.
To decrease any potential out-of-pocket costs Dr. Anderson performs only applicable tests that are needed to address your symptoms and concerns. A routine ocular analysis vision exam will be a brief office visit to check vision, screen for eye disease with an Optos Retina Camera, and update an eyeglass or contact lens prescription. Common diagnoses include nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. It does not generally cover medical eye problems such as cataracts or dry eye disease which is covered by regular medical insurance. In some cases, a vision exam can transition to a medical or comprehensive eye exam if during the course of the examination, Dr. Anderson discovers a condition that requires additional diagnostic testing. A vision exam usually lasts around 30 minutes.
A comprehensive ocular analysis eye exam by Dr. Anderson is like a visit to a medical doctor. It is more than checking for a prescription for eyeglasses or contacts. It typically includes a dilated eye exam and advanced diagnostics to fully evaluate your vision and the health of your eyes. A comprehensive eye exam can identify diseases in their early stages, when they’re most treatable, such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. Some of these diseases cause few symptoms and, as a result, may go undetected. Several systemic medical conditions can also be detected such as high blood pressure and diabetes that cause certain changes in your eyes. Individuals with medical eye diseases receive benefits for the management and treatment of their eye diseases by Dr. Anderson as part of their medical insurance coverage.
An eyeglasses prescription may look like a foreign language. Here is a description of what your prescription means:
Dr. Anderson screens for all eye conditions and offers the following services:
Dry eye disease (DED) – also known as dry eye syndrome (DES), and keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) – is a multifactorial disease of the tears and the ocular surface that results in discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface. Over-the-counter drops may reduce the symptoms and provide relief – but if symptoms persist, you should have Dr. Anderson perform an evaluation. He will prescribe a customized regimen of drops, ointment, warm compresses, and punctal plugs if needed to provide you the most relief.
A pterygium is a fleshy tissue growth that starts in the white part of the eye and extends over the clear part of the eye or cornea. Pterygium are caused by lifetime exposure to UV light. Eye drops can be used to alleviate the redness, but surgical removal is needed if vision is affected. Dr. Anderson uses the latest surgical techniques with a conjunctival graft or biologic tissue (amniotic membrane) and fibrin glue to reduce the rate of recurrence and improve recovery.
Blepharitis (blef-uh-RYE-tis) is inflammation of the eyelids. It commonly involves the eyelid margin tear glands and the eyelashes. The tears glands normal produce a olive-oil-like component of natural tears called meibum. In Blepharitis the eyelid glands are inflamed and produce an oil that is thick, creamy coloured, and waxy. This is called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or posterior blepharitis. Insufficient oil production leads to dry eye disease [evaporative dry eye}.