Better Diagnostics Using Advanced Technology

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 exam 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.

Ocular Analysis Eye Exam

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What Does the Ocular Analysis Diagnostic Panel Include?

  • Advanced diagnostic testing including:
  • A slit lamp examination of your eyes will then be done to check for all eye diseases including blepharitis, dry eye disease, cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

What If I Just Need an Updated Eyeglasses Prescription?

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.

Ocular Analysis Vision Exam

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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.

Ocular Analysis Comprehensive Exam

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How do you read an eyeglasses prescription?

An eyeglasses prescription may look like a foreign language. Here is a description of what your prescription means:

  • The letters OD and OS: OD stands for the right eye or “oculus dexter” and OS stands for the left eye or “oculus sinister” in Latin.
  • “Sphere”: A minus sign means you are nearsighted and a plus sign means you are farsighted.
  • “Cylinder”: This is the power needed to correct astigmatism, which creates blurry vision at any distance.
  •  “Axis”: is a number between 1-180 indicating the axis of your astigmatism.

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What are Some Common Eye Conditions Dr. Anderson Treats?

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Dr. Anderson screens for all eye conditions and offers the following services:

What is Dry Eye Disease?

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.

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What is a Pterygium?

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.

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis (blef-uh-RYE-tis) is inflammation of the eyelids. It commonly involves the eyelid margin tear glands and the eyelashes. The tears glands normally produce an olive-oil-like component of natural tears called meibum. In Blepharitis the eyelid glands are inflamed and produce an oil that is thick, creamy colored, and waxy. This is called meibomian gland dysfunction or blepharitis. Insufficient oil production leads to dry eye disease. Learn more about Blepharitis Here.

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